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Google rewrites its search rankings to bury fake news

Google isn’t planning to rid fake news from its search results – but it’s trying to purge it from the top.

The Alphabet Inc. company is making a rare, sweeping change to the algorithm behind its powerful search engine to demote misleading, false and offensive articles online. Google is also setting new rules encouraging its “raters” – the 10,000-plus staff that assess search results – to flag web pages that host hoaxes, conspiracy theories and what the company calls “low-quality” content.

Good – but also possibly incredibly dangerous.

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