Google’s news services are how many readers find their news on whatever topics they search for or follow. Sites like this one also benefit from the exposure when the firm pushes stories higher up in its ranking. Google is making a change to how its algorithm works, and will now prioritise original reporting more than re-reporting or news aggregation.
“In today’s fast-paced world of news, the original reporting on a subject doesn’t always stay in the spotlight for long. Many news articles, investigations, exclusive interviews or other work can be so notable that they generate interest and follow-up coverage from other publications. And in other cases, many stories cover a single news development, with all of them published around the same time. This can make it difficult for users to find the story that kicked everything off.,” Google said, ” [W]e’ve made changes to our products globally to highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting. Such articles may stay in a highly visible position longer. This prominence allows users to view the original reporting while also looking at more recent articles alongside it. There is no absolute definition of original reporting, nor is there an absolute standard for establishing how original a given article is[…]so our efforts will constantly evolve as we work to understand the life cycle of a story.”
It’s questionable if Google’s move to change how it ranks stories has anything to do with its recent assault on conservatives regarding what is perceived as a bias. However, it’s unlikely that a firmer dedication to curation will do anything to quell such concerns.