Welcome, Guest

 or  Register
NewsFeed

Google’s hoax problem runs deep, says the creator of Google News
#1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vibCSZasv8

The creator of Google News has criticised the search giant for misleading users by promoting 4chan posts in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shootings.

While news about the recent Las Vegas attack was still breaking, users on the image-sharing site 4chan falsely named Geary Danley as the killer. At the time, a Google search for that name returned three top story posts at the top of the search page. Two of those posts were of 4chan threads spreading lies about the killer’s identity.

“They had this belief that the algorithm would take care of it, but it failed in [this] case spectacularly,” says Krishna Bharat, who worked at Google for 15 years and created the Google News feature, before leaving the company in 2015 to advise startups. “In a way it’s a very small problem but it hints at a deeper problem in terms of philosophy.”

The top stories box appears on many Google search results, and typically highlights three news stories related to the search term. Most of the time, those news stories are from legitimate news sites. But when there is very little information about a subject online – like in the case of Geary Danley – Google can end up promoting user-generated content from any website.

But Bharat says this is misleading, because top stories implies that those results are from news sites, and aren’t just the ramblings of the alt-right on anonymous online forums. “You can’t abuse the term top stories – it means something, it means something to the public, it means something to the Google brand,” he explains.

Google didn’t always have such a laissez-faire attitude to vetting news sites. In the past, those top stories were pulled from Google News, a section of the service that only takes results from news sites.

Unlike search results, Google News has always been vetted so it returns results from a range of sites that Google deems reliable. “If a source was caught faking the news it was out,” Bharat says. ”It had the effect of creating a range of voices - where the quality varied quite a bit but there weren’t hoaxes.”

For a long time, Google search pulled its top stories box from Google News, so it only promoted stories from sites that had been approved by the News team. Bharat’s colleagues tried to be far-reaching, to ensure a wide range of views were represented in the results. Sites with a reputation for conspiracy and hoaxes – such as the far-right site InfoWars – were not featured in News results.

Around three or four years ago, Google stopped pulling its top stories from these vetted sources. Instead, it expanded its selection to all sources. By that point Bharat was no longer involved with Google News, and he would go on to leave Google a year later.

The decision to change how top stories were sourced is emblematic of a wider attitude in Google, Bharat claims: faith in algorithms instead of humans. "There’s a larger community of engineers who have a sense for how information should be ranked and they don’t treat news a special case – and that is a problem.”

There are solutions, Bharat says. Google could go back to drawing its ‘top stories’ from vetted sources, cutting out the possibility that fake news would slip into the mix. Or it could relabel ‘top stories’ so it was more honest and got across the fact that it includes all kinds of sources, including online forums.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-n...s-shooting

Online social media monopolies like Facebook and search engine companies such as Google threaten American democracy by censoring free speech and thought, according to a researcher fired by Google.

Many Christian groups and other conservatives have complained that Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, PayPal and Google ban politically incorrect speech, forbid ads, take videos off their platforms, disallow donations, and even remove group pages in the name of “violation of policy.”

“Google, Facebook and to certain degrees also Amazon have captured the flow of information and ideas between citizen and citizen,” former New America Foundation senior fellow Barry C. Lynn announced. “Our ability to communicate freely with one another in this country, which is the primary basis for being able to protect our democracy, is now threatened in very real ways today.”

Lynn isn’t the only one pointing out the increasing tyranny of social media giants. Zephyr Teachout, a former colleague of Lynn’s at NAF, warned that Google was “coming after critics in academia and journalism” and “forming into a government of itself … incapable of even seeing its own overreach.”

“Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power,” Teachout wrote in The Washington Post. “It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent.”

A popular Google slogan is “Don’t be evil.” Teachout says Google has become what it warns others against. “It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do,” she penned. “Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent.”

Teachout advocates that citizens demand enforcement of antitrust laws against monopolies. She said “great, innovative companies” should not be allowed “to govern us.”

New America Foundation is a “think tank” group funded largely by Google that seeks to influence public policy. When Lynn and other colleagues praised a European Union decision to sanction Google for its strong-arm monopolizing of internet search engines, Lynn and others were fired.

NAF head Anne-Marie Slaughter warned Lynn that his public support of European sanctions against Google financially jeopardized NAF. “Just THINK about how you are imperiling funding,” she rebuked, despite NAF’s theoretical independence.

Another NAF team member, Matt Stoller, wrote in the Huffington Post of “the deep dysfunction in our corporate and political sectors.” “The misbehavior in the search market and the attempt to suppress research into how Google operates shows that the actual issue at hand is one of political power,” he revealed.

“Monopoly power, and Google itself, is a threat to the free flow of ideas upon which our democracy depends,” Stoller charged. “If we do not stand up to monopolists, they will keep our public institutions quiet about their growing power. ... (But) we can reclaim our democracy if we try.”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fired-...threaten-d
Reply Share
#2
(10-12-2017, 01:31 PM)titanic1 Wrote: ~snip~

“Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power,” Teachout wrote in The Washington Post. “It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent.”

A popular Google slogan is “Don’t be evil.” Teachout says Google has become what it warns others against. “It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do,” she penned. “Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent.”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fired-...threaten-d
Google is evil. Google is strategically and methodically taking over the world. Google has devises that run peoples homes, information accessed. People have google programs that help with health issues. I swear I saw google pants, let me google it..... yup! google Levis. http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/29/technolo...index.html

Good article Titanic. People need to be alerted to the evils of google.
Reply Share
#3
I don't use google for anything anymore.

like @Lily said, they are evil!
Reply Share
#4
Yeah, Google if they don't like what you are saying will try to silence you, that is what I see going on.
Reply Share

Post Thread  Back To Forum
[-]
Quick Reply
Message
Type your reply to this message here.

Please select the number: 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10