Google teaching search engine to recognise fake news
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In a bid to fight the proliferation of fake news Google is rejigging its search engine to prevent false news stories appearing at the top of its search results.

Google used a blog post to make the announcement yesterday, saying that the fight against fake news would require changes to the search engine's algorithm.

Google said the changes to the ­algorithm were designed so that "issues similar to the Holocaust denial results" were less likely to appear.

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The post was light on detail but said once the changes take effect they would "help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content".

But the battle against fake news will also involve human intervention, as Google's parent Alphabet (NASDAQ: Alphabet Class A [GOOGL]) has outlined.

For example, Google will train its evaluators, the people who vet Google's search results, to better spot "low-quality" sites and make it easier for users to flag inaccurate results.

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Google also recently unveiled a fact-check tag to some search results, showing if the claims presented were true, false or in the grey area in-between.

The firm also relies on a network of contractors to flag objectionable content as well as its users.

Google said the feedback it receives will help it improve its algorithm.

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