Big G is planning to start a crackdown against Russian news websites. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has announced recently that the company will “engineer” algorithms that will make it harder for Russian propaganda websites to appear on the Google News service.
Schmidt recently appeared at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada to discuss the company’s popular Google News service platform.
During a Q & A session, when a person from the audience asked about whether Google facilitates “Russian propaganda”, Schmidt replied,
“We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik. We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent the content being delivered to wide audiences. But we don’t want to ban the sites – that’s not how we operate.”
While speaking at the conference, he also said that he is strongly against censorship.
Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001, said that the Google’s algorithm was capable of detecting repetitive, false and exploitative news info. But he didn’t elaborate much on how these qualities were determined.