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Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed

15:25, Tuesday, 21 November, 2017
Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chariman of Alphabet, says the company is working to ferret out Russian propaganda from Google News after facing criticism that Kremlin-owned media sites had been given plum placement on the search giant’s news and advertising platforms.
     “We’re well aware of this one, and we’re working on detecting this kind of scenario you’re describing and deranking those kinds of sites,” Schmidt said, after being asked why the world’s largest search company continued to classify the Russian sites as news.Schmidt, in an interview at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend, name-checked two state-owned enterprises.
     “It’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt added. “We’re well aware and we’re trying to engineer the systems to prevent it.”
     Both outlets are wholly owned by the Russian government. RT is the overseas television station and online outlet, while Sputnik, the online-only media network, is available in over 30 languages.

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