Google to change search algorithm to elevate 'original reporting'

  
Via:  tig  •  one month ago  •  20 comments

Google to change search algorithm to elevate 'original reporting'
Chavern said there are "estimates that if you do a breaking news story about almost anything, it will sit at the top of the Google search results for at most [ONLY] 6 minutes."

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In an over-saturated digital news age,   Google   announced new changes to its search algorithm that could elevate more "original reporting."


"I see it as directionally good, this is something that we have asked for, news publishers have asked for for years, so the fact that they are acknowledging this is a good thing," David Chavern, the president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 news publishers, told ABC News.

"The   Google   algorithms are entirely opaque," he added. "So while they can say that they are changing them in some way, nobody knows how they are actually changed or what effect they actually have."

Richard Gringras, the vice president of news at Google, announced the changes in a   statement   Thursday, saying the updates on the back end will help Google "better recognize original reporting, surface it more prominently in Search and ensure it stays there longer."


Gringras touted it as a benefit to both readers interested in finding "the story that started it all" as well as news organizations that can have their original pieces more widely circulated online.

The move comes at time when the fast-moving world of internet news means long-form investigations and other stories can quickly and easily be picked up and re-reported by a myriad of other online outlets.

"This can make it difficult for users to find the story that kicked everything off," Gingras wrote.

Chavern said there are "estimates that if you do a breaking news story about almost anything, it will sit at the top of the Google search results for at most 6 minutes."

It's "good for readers to understand the original reporting behind something" and "pay attention to where their news comes from," he noted, adding that readers will often say "I read something on Google or Facebook" and not know where it was originally from, which can contribute to the spread of misinformation.

Gringras also acknowledged that Google's efforts will "constantly evolve" as there is no "absolute definition of original reporting, nor is there an absolute standard for establishing how original a given article is."

These changes to algorithms that tech companies employ can have a big effect on news organizations, according to Chavern.

"Last year when Facebook said they changed the algorithm to prioritize friends and family over news, and that didn't sound horrible when they said it, but it absolutely destroyed some publishers' business," he said.

Google's search algorithm is constantly in the spotlight and has courted controversy in the past for how it ranks news searches.


In August 2018, President Donald Trump attacked Google in a series of tweets, accusing the company of prioritizing "fake news" and saying the   results are "rigged" against him . The company denied the allegations, saying the search engine algorithm doesn't include any consideration of politics.

Also on Thursday, fellow tech giant Facebook announced expansions to its tools for local news and information, with the head of global news partnerships, Cambell Brown,   telling The Associated Press   that Facebook has a responsibility to support journalism even though the media industry has been declining "for a very long time."

If there is one thing big tech companies need to do to help promote journalism, it is to "come up with a compensation model for news," Chavern said.

"They pay to license music content, they just have refused to pay for news, and that's got to change," he said.

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TᵢG
1  seeder  TᵢG    one month ago

Original material should be prioritized.   Writing an original piece is of course far more work than merely leveraging it.

 
 
 
Enoch
1.1  Enoch  replied to  TᵢG @1    one month ago

Andy Warhol 2.0.

Everyone gets no more than 6 minutes of fame.

Not a penny for their news thoughts either.

Brave New World, no?

P&AB (No Time Limit).

Enoch.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Enoch @1.1    one month ago
Everyone gets no more than 6 minutes of fame

It used to be 15 minutes of fame. Now...6 minutes is all one gets. For some, even that is too much. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.1    one month ago

I can't even get one minute

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @1    one month ago
Writing an original piece is of course far more work than merely leveraging it

Indeed. One needs to employ one's brain matter to create an original piece, which some seem to be too lazy, or reluctant, to do. 

 
 
 
Ender
2  Ender    one month ago

Welcome to the Kardashian news cycle.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @2    one month ago

Welcome to the Kardashian news cycle.

They are sooo passe now days. They have had their 15 minutes of fame, and that is 14 minutes too many for me. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
3  Freedom Warrior    one month ago

Whatever they are cooking up you know it's not for the public good but to line their coffers.

Google is a threat to democracy.

 
 
 
TᵢG
3.1  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Freedom Warrior @3    one month ago
Whatever they are cooking up you know it's not for the public good but to line their coffers.

"Maximize shareholder value."

 A good concept except when the corporation has excessive power over society.   Google is one of many that, in my view, contribute to our growing (unhealthy) corporatocracy.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @3.1    one month ago
contribute to our growing (unhealthy) corporatocracy.

Totally agree.

 
 
 
MrFrost
3.2  MrFrost  replied to  Freedom Warrior @3    one month ago

Google is a threat to democracy.

It's a privately owned company. They are entitled to free speech like anyone else just like our constitution guarantees. Not a threat to democracy. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
4  Freedom Warrior    one month ago

Corporate monoliths exercising unchecked power are a threat to democracy.   We all know the truism of Absolute power ...

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1  MrFrost  replied to  Freedom Warrior @4    one month ago
Corporate monoliths exercising unchecked power are a threat to democracy.   We all know the truism of Absolute power ...

You are welcome to use a different search engine if you like. Again, they are privately owned, if they want to purge any and ALL conservative news items, they can and it's perfectly legal. Are you proposing the government control their content or how their search algorithm works? Smacks of fascist socialism...doesn't it? Yep. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
4.1.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  MrFrost @4.1    one month ago

 You make no sense 

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Freedom Warrior @4.1.1    one month ago

 You make no sense 

It's in English. If you cannot read it, not my problem. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
4.1.3  Freedom Warrior  replied to  MrFrost @4.1.2    one month ago

 I can read just fine but it makes no fucking sense and I bet you wanna know why that is but now you’ll have to beg me for it 

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1.4  MrFrost  replied to  Freedom Warrior @4.1.3    one month ago
beg me for it 

LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sure, hold your breath waiting for that to happen.... jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
4.1.5  Freedom Warrior  replied to  MrFrost @4.1.4    one month ago

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
5  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago

The reason for doing this is that the original reporting is done by someone and then all other agencies pick it up and report it as if came from them. Many times they add their own commentary to it, just confusing the fact from the commentary.

I think it's a great idea. I think I would like more original material here, too... even if it is true Op/Ed. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5    one month ago
I think I would like more original material here, too.

Agreed!

 
 
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