Google To Spend $300M to Prevent Fake News

This war against fake news also includes starting a platform that will help manage reader subscriptions.

This announcement comes as other giant social media websites face criticism on fake news, most particularly in the 2016 elections.

The search giant announced that they are committing $300 million in the course of three years towards initiatives and products that will ensure quality and reliable news as well as help digital news publishers earn more revenue. They dubbed it the Google News Initiative.

Fighting the spread of fake news is obviously on their top priority. The company says they are improving their system to recognise reliable breaking news and adjusting towards displaying more accurate results.

Google has also partnered with First Draft in an program called Disinfo Lab. Their aim is to prevent fake news during elections and breaking news.

Another program, called MediaWise has also been launched to help young readers improve their digital media literacy. This program is in partnership with Go Poynter Institute, Stanford University, and the Local Media Association.

Another newly-launched initiative is Subscribe with Google.

This platform will put all of Google’s collaborations with news agencies in one roof. The search giant says its purpose is to “help build a stronger future for news”. Basically, this lets you buy a subscription using your Google account, on participating news sites.

You select a publisher that you like and click “Subscribe”. Secure payments are made to Google with any credit cards that you’ve used with the company. From then on, you can use “Sign In with Google” to access all of your subscriptions.

Their launch partners in the news industry include The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Financial Times,The Telegraph USA TODAY NETWORK. Les Échos, Fairfax Media, Le Figaro, and others also in on the team. For the full list of publications, click here.




Google Announces Initiative To Help Publishers, Combat Fake News

To fight fake news, Google is launching a program that would focus on journalism. Called as the Google News Initiative, this program also aims to help publishers earn more revenues.


Google launched this program last Tuesday, and it offers publishers a new monetization model online. This monetization, according to Google, is called the Subscribe with google.


This Google News Initiative also introduces Outline, an open-source tool which helps news companies set-up an access on the internet for journalists.


The search giant added that Subscribe Google works well with academic institutions to fight the proliferation of fake news.

In a statement, Google senior vice president and chief business officer Philipp Schindler said, “A great search engine by its definition depends on access to the open web…. The last thing you want to see is a search engine that is not delivering quality internet and is quickly becoming a race to the bottom.”


“If you’re not successful, we’re not successful,” he said, adding that Google has pledged $300 million for the project for a period of three years.



It, however, did not disclose how the resources would be spent. Google has admitted that $12.6 billion was paid to media outfits and drove 10 billion clicks a month to their websites for free last year.


How does Subscribe with Google works?


This new initiative allows readers to pay for whatever content provided by several news organizations. Google accredits these news organizations before they published content on the online platform.



Apart from this, using the initiative allows users to log in using their Google account credentials. The company earns a revenue from the shared subscriptions of the program. Several companies were named already as launch partners by Google.



These are, The Washington Post, and McClatchy Company publications, and Miami Herald, among others.

Facebook rolls out more Subscribe buttons to websites

Facebook has started rolling out its “Subscribe” feature to websites, giving the ability to its subscribers to view public post even if they are “friends”.

When people subscribe to third party sites, they are able to see updates in these sites’ newsfeeds, very similar to subscribing to someone’s profile on Facebook.

A blog post from Facebook further explains the new feature:

The Subscribe button for websites works just like the button on Facebook; once clicked the user will begin seeing the public posts of the person they have subscribed to in his or her News Feed. The subscribe action is also shared — allowing others to subscribe directly via the News Feed stories, and further increasing viral distribution.

Raju Narisetti, the managing director at The Post said, with the click of a button, users can seamlessly get updates to their FB walls from some of the journalists behind Post stories.

The Post has aggressively embraced the integration of Facebook. It started last September when newspaper and FB launched a social reader app that enables individuals to read and post articles for The Post and its partner sources.

Other companies have also started to use the Subscribe button. Among these are Absolute Radio, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, The huffington Post, and one of the world’s leading magazines,

Google launches Living Stories, teams up with two major papers

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Today, Google launched Living Stories, an experimental new feature that is aimed to make your online reading take on a whole new level.

Teaming up with two media partners to start, the search giant gives users fresh news stories, editorials, updates and various multimedia that focuses on specific topics – all in one single page.

Each Living Story has a permanent URL with new stories and updates posted as it becomes available, making it easier for uses to keep track and follow. It also keeps track of each user’s activity, alerting them for updates they haven’t seen yet and graying out those that were already read. Each topic also has its own accessible timeline displaying historical view of the topic.

At present, Google has partnered with The New York Times and The Washington Post and they decide which topics appear on their own Living Story pages. Google however, has plans of creating open-source tools for other outlets to be given a chance to create their own Living Stories too.

According to the Times, if this experiment catches the fancy of people, it will give publishers another source of income as they can sell ads on their own pages. The NY Times is also very optimistic in this new partnership.

“It’s an experiment with a different way of telling stories,” Martin A. Nisenholtz, senior vice president for digital operations of The New York Times Company, said in a statement.

“I think in it, you can see the germ of something quite interesting.”


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