The world’s biggest search engine is now being used by some of the world’s most prolific fake news purveyors to spread their news.
Google News is the world leader in the field, ranking for a quarter of all searches in Google’s search engine, according to data from Google Trends.
It’s also the world king in Google News ranking.
The company has been accused of a host of frauds, including spreading false news that caused the death of the journalist who uncovered the story of a secret US military programme.
“The Google News team is committed to ensuring that we take steps to ensure our content is free of fake or misleading content,” a Google spokesperson told Quartz.
“We regularly check for and remove content from the Google News platform that may contain deceptive, deceptive or misleading information.
If we notice a suspicious story, we flag it and notify the user of the risk.”
The news of the fraud was first reported by Indian journalist Suman Kumar and later picked up by several Indian media outlets, including The Indian Express.
Kumar had a series of articles published in the Indian newspaper on November 13th, 2017, where he reported on the death sentence handed down to a journalist in Delhi for investigating a CIA-run programme called Project MKUltra.
The article in question detailed how an Indian scientist working for the CIA was arrested by the Indian Army, beaten, and interrogated for two years for his investigation into the MKUltra programme.
In March 2018, the article was republished by a number of Indian news sites, including NDTV and The Hindu, and subsequently reported on by several other news outlets.
“While we have not found any news stories to be fabricated by the Google team, we have taken action against several instances of fake news that we believe may have been published,” a spokesperson for Google told Quartz, in response to questions about whether fake news could have been spread by the company’s news-advertising software.
“If we see content that appears to be fake, we may flag it, alert the user and remove it.”
Google’s algorithms are already able to flag the presence of fake content on its search results.
But this has not been the case for Google News, which has been designed to be the world authority in the category of “fake news”.
Google News does not have any rules governing its content and therefore can continue to promote it.
“There are a lot of different factors that can come into play.
We don’t have a list of rules that govern all content that’s posted on Google,” a source told Quartz from Google’s data centre.
“And so, the best we can do is put it out there for everybody to check.”