Friday, December 16, 2016

How Google's search algorithm spreads false information with a rightwing bias; Guardian, 12/16/16

Olivia Solon and Sam Levin, Guardian; How Google's search algorithm spreads false information with a rightwing bias:
"Google’s search algorithm appears to be systematically promoting information that is either false or slanted with an extreme rightwing bias on subjects as varied as climate change and homosexuality.
Following a recent investigation by the Observer, which found that Google’s search engine prominently suggests neo-Nazi websites and antisemitic writing, the Guardian has uncovered a dozen additional examples of biased search results.
Google’s search algorithm and its autocomplete function prioritize websites that, for example, declare that climate change is a hoax, being gay is a sin, and the Sandy Hook mass shooting never happened."

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