Google’s “experiment” in Australia to remove major news sites from search results is hiding important news stories from hundreds of thousands of Australians.
In some cases filtering out mainstream news publications from search results is also resulting in lower-quality publications being promoted, including a news website known for spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories.
The background here is that Oz is trying to make Google pay for news snippets. The newspapers are in favour of this. Google not so much. So, Google is suggesting that it just won’t put news in the engine. This is not making the newspapers happy. Google has even gone so far as to say that if they must put the news in then they’ll close the engine in Oz.
So, what next? Well, newspapers run stories about how appalling the world will be if news isn’t in the engine. Lower value sites. Misleading stories. Democracy in peril, obviously.
The solution is equally clear. Newspapers must allow free use of their stories in the engine in order to protect democracy, eh?