Google changed its search algorithm and that made it more vulnerable to the spread of fake news
Hannah Roberts (11 December 2016)
Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?
H. Roberts, “Google changed its search algorithm and that made it more vulnerable to the spread of fake news,” Business Insider Australia, 11-Dec-2016. [Online]. Available: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-algorithm-change-fake-news-rankbrain-2016-12. [Accessed: 19-Mar-2017].
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What was the paper about?
The paper explains how changes to Google's search algorithms to include a 'click through rate', or article popularity measure in how it ranks search results, has resulted in fake news being ranked higher than real news. This change isn't related to the fake news issues which facebook appears to have had recently, but higher ranked articles are more likely shared so the two issues potentially support each other.
If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
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This is the first article read about how disinformation could be being disproportionately promoted by Google's search results.
What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?
Google inclusion of a popularity element to its search rankings is somewhat concerning in that:
- google is often considered a source of truth for people seeking information
- fake new, which often grabs attention and, due to confirmation bias, often encourages sharing, is being ranked higher, and therefore perceived more relevant and accurate.
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