Google has admitted that it has inadvertently allowed false information to be disseminated by the Western Centre for Journalism, that former US President Barrack Obama is planning a communist coup d'état.
World Wide Worx MD, Arthur Goldstuck, says this happened partly because Google has changed its search algorithm, the system it uses to deliver most accurate results.
Instead of focusing on accuracy of information, they are focusing now on what links are most likely to be clicked on, which means they are rewarding popularity of links.— Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx MD
It reflects the new era of populists rhetoric in the United States. I don't think that was any of Google's intention, but that's what happens when you reward popularity over accuracy.— Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx MD
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This article first appeared on 702 : Google's focus on clicks vs facts helped spread fake news about Obama - expert