Google’s Search Tweaks Target Russian Sites RT and Sputnik

Google could lower the visibility of RT and Sputnik, the Russia-based properties that were considered responsible for spreading misinformation during the 2016 election, according to reports.

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt, talking at a security conference in Canada this week, said that Google’s algorithmic search results should be more discerning and choose higher quality over lower- quality information. He cited RT and Sputnik as examples of news sources that would get dinged.

“We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sitesit’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt said.

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