Google Fights Fake News



Google announced that it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to help combat the spread of misinformation online and help journalism outlets.

The company said it has adjusted its systems and rankings to lead people to “more authoritative content” on Google search and YouTube.

Google came under intense scrutiny over the role its platforms played in the spread of misinformation during the 2016 election.

On YouTube’s homepage, a breaking news section, featuring verified authoritative sources has already been launched in 10 countries.

The company will also launch a program called the Disinfo Lab with the Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School to curb misinformation through research and education.

Google is also partnering with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, and the Local Media Association to launch an initiative to improve digital information literacy for young people in the United States.

The company will use machine learning models to help publishers identify which readers are more likely to subscribe to news. The tool will also inform publishers when to prompt readers to subscribe.