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- Tech giant will change search algorithm, will help in stopping harmful content
It is common on the Internet to defame users through fake complaints and objectionable content. Many websites incite to provide unverified complaints about alleged fraudsters, perpetrators of sexual violence. Many people also use it to defame enemies. This leads to a flurry of anonymous posts with the names of the victims in the search. Victims’ posts start appearing higher in Google search results. Thousands of dollars are asked from users to take down these posts. This cycle of slander has been going on for years.
This has been quite beneficial for websites and intermediaries. But now Google is preparing to rein in it. For this Google is planning to change its search algorithm. This will prevent websites operating under domains such as predatorsalert.us and bedgirlreport.date from being visible. When users search by someone’s name, then these sites start appearing. Beyond this, Google has recently created a new concept ‘Non Victims’.
When users complain that money has been demanded to remove posts related to them on the sites. Then Google will automatically suppress the content associated with the names of the victims. Victims can also request to hide the results related to their names. “I doubt it’s the best solution, but I think it will have a significant and positive impact,” says David Graff, Google’s vice president of global policy, standards, trust and safety.
41% of adults in the US have experienced online harassment: 41% of adults in the US have experienced online harassment or abuse. This has been claimed in the report of Pew Research. This abuse has increased rapidly through text messages on social media. This includes the use of methods such as threats, hate speech, sharing of objectionable content.
Google had said – search results are fair, changed the statement after a decade
Google said a decade ago that our search results are completely unbiased. They are completely independent of the preferences of those working at Google. A decade later, this statement was deleted and a new statement was given. In this, the company said that we remove only those sites, which are legally compelled to remove. Or they try to manipulate the results by malicious means. Google’s initial interference in search results was limited to pirated movies, music, which was also required by copyright laws. In recent years, Google has started playing an active role in making people’s search results clean.