Google, Facebook Tackle Misinformation in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

Google, in a statement to news outlets, acknowledged that it had been "briefly surfacing an inaccurate 4chan website in our Search results for a small number of queries".

"We use a number of signals to determine the ranking of results-this includes both the authoritativeness of a site as well as how fresh it is", the statement continues.

"This should not have appeared for any queries", a Google spokesperson said, adding that the company would aim to prevent it from happening again.

A rush to quicker judgment might be a hallmark of the 24-hour cable news cycle or online reporting in general, but marketers do not want their ads appearing next to fake or otherwise inflammatory news, as that lack of credibility can be infectious and extend to the brand.

Meanwhile, Facebook's "Safety Check" page, which is created to help people near an emergency inform their loved ones that they're safe, also promoted several dubious stories from right-wing news sites Gateway Pundit and Blogspot that misidentified the suspect and his motives.

'NOBODY is unsackable' Philip Hammond blasts Boris Johnson's leadership bid
Mrs May responded: "What I have is a cabinet that are united in the mission of this Government Andrew, and that's what you will see this week".

After initiating a "Safety Check" for Las Vegas, which provides information as a situation unfolds, Facebook populated the page's top stories with information from what appeared to be little-known sites, according to screenshots. Conservative writer Joe Hoft pounced, publishing and then retracting an article about the misidentified man. Police later identified a different person, Stephen Paddock, as the shooter.

"Our Global Security Operations Center spotted these posts this morning and we have removed them". "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen", the Facebook representative told CNN.

Social-media companies have become vital communications tools for people in the aftermath of natural disasters and other deadly incidents.

Facebook promoted several dubious websites on its Crisis Response page, the social media platform's go-to destination that allows friends and family to see if loved ones have checked in and are safe. Facebook and Google say they are constantly fine-tuning their algorithms to show better results. For Facebook and Google, the failings with their Las Vegas shooting coverage underscore just how much work needs to be done in patching gaps in the pipeline and ensuring the truth is put first.

Both tech giants have faced calls to take greater responsibility for the stories they promote following revelations of Russian interference in last year's U.S. elections. Twitter Inc. also is facing heat over the prevalence of anonymous, automated accounts - or bots - on its platform.

Related News:



Most liked

Microsoft Groove Music Streaming App Gets The Axe After December 31, 2017
What about subscriptions that extend beyond December 31, 2017? The news came out yesterday after Microsoft announced the change. Groove Music was quite competent, but there was nothing that made it stand out as being in any way better than the competition.

Las Vegas shooting: Congress reacts to massacre
But thoughts and prayers "are NOT enough", Warren continued. "It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something ". CT was the epicenter of the gun control debate after the Sandy Hook massacre, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

Barcelona VP Carles Vilarrubi Resigns After Decision to Play Las Palmas Match
This goal thanks to the great service Denis Suarez who thrust the breakthrough bait on Messi who escaped the offside trap. Sturgeon says that "regardless of views on independence, we should all condemn the scenes being witnessed".

Trump and his team do a heckuva job in Puerto Rico
In Maria's wake, hospitals and their employees are wrestling with the same shortages of basic necessities as everyone else. Critics of the rule said suspending it - or ending it - is key to helping the stricken island throughout the week.

EPL: Everton battle Burnley for survival
We seem to have learned from that now and this season we might be able to show people how good we are. It left Everton two points above the drop-zone with just two wins in their opening seven league games.

IPhone 8 Plus smartphones burst open while charging, Apple investigating 2 claims
Much like previous generation iPhones , there are thick top and bottom bezels, lending to a very dated-looking design. Not likely, but there are tangible improvements here, which is a given for any new generation product.

Google scraps free content rule for publishers
News search results for sites with paid subscriptions will no longer be demoted in Google search , Bloomberg reported Sunday. Gingras says that they have been collaborating with news publishers to address such problems.

NAS Meridian training jet may have crashed in Tennessee
Monroe County Sheriff's Office confirms they are responding to reports of a plane crash Sunday afternoon in Tellico Plains. A Navy official told Fox News that a T-45 jet was missing after taking off from MS earlier Sunday.

Donald Trump Dedicates A Golf Trophy To Hurricane Victims
Her tone was far different Friday when she accused the Trump administration of "killing us with the inefficiency" after the storm. Fifty-nine hospitals are partially operational, and 45 percent of customers have access to drinking water, officials said.

Trump blasts media coverage of Puerto Rico
That comes after he accused the San Juan mayor of poor leadership and being unable to get workers to help Puerto Rico recover. He also noted that he and the first lady will be traveling to Puerto Rico and possibly the U.S.

McDonald's is releasing Szechuan sauce-for real
A joke about Szechuan sauce was included in Rick and Morty's season three premiere, which debuted on April Fool's Day and was available to watch online for 48 hours.

Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Welcome A Baby Boy - Inside Her Dramatic Delivery!
The new dad Pratt took his Twitter and tweeted, "Shout out @ crystalarium1 for dropping off $27,000 in crystals for the birth ". According to Us Weekly , baby boy Pratt was born at 3:06 p.m, weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 19 inches long.

SI Newhouse dies; ran media empire, helped build Syracuse journalism program
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, told Vogue that Newhouse was an "extraordinary leader" while running the magazine division. Newhouse and his younger brother, Donald, inherited Advance Publications, a media empire founded by their father in 1922.

San Juan mayor pushes back on Trump admin
President Donald Trump says Washington is - in his words - "fully engaged in the disaster and the response and recovery effort". Trump also criticized Puerto Rican officials for waiting for federal help to begin responding to the storm. "I could've played.

Trump cites 'great job' in helping Puerto Rico
The President also accused the news media of doing all it could to skew the story of the Puerto Rico relief effort, as Mr. Trump temporarily waived the Jones Act earlier this week to ease the delivery of aid by sea to Puerto Rico .