WASHINGTON: Google and Facebook moved on Tuesday (Nov 15) to cut off advertising revenue to fake news sites, after a wave of criticism over the role misinformation played in the US presidential election. The move by the two tech giants aims to choke off funds to an industry fuelled by bogus, often sensational “news” circulating online and seen as a potential influence on public opinion. A Google statement to AFP said new policies “will start prohibiting Google ads from being placed on misrepresentative content, just as we disallow misrepresentation in our ads policies.” The shift will mean Google restricts ads “on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose of the web property,” the statement said. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said the company receives billions of queries daily and admitted errors had been made. “There have been a couple of incidences where it has been pointed out and we didn’t get it right. And so it is a learning moment for us and we will definitely work to fix it,” he said in a BBC interview. Pichai said there should be “no situation where fake news gets distributed” and committed… Read full this story
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