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Google puts fake news about aliens at the top of search results

Christopher O'Brien

Back in the Saddle Aginn
Staff member
Article HERE:

"While the largest tech platforms continue to assure us that eliminating misinformation is both a) very important to them, and b) impossible, Google’s search results were hijacked today by fake news about space aliens caught on camera “sucking energy from the sun.” A search for “aliens” turns up a breathless report from UK tabloid Metro about the alleged energy-sucking, which is sourced to a grainy video of unknown origin posted by an anonymous “UFO fan channel.” (We are not linking to this report on purpose!)

"The bogus story is newly prominent on Google’s search results page, following a recent redesign that gives added weight to “top stories” in an effort to give Google more of a real-time feel. The new design also serves to highlight articles that use Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages format, a competitor to Facebook’s Instant Articles format that makes stories load faster on mobile devices. As Kyle Chayka reported yesterday in these pages, publishers are using AMP and Instant Articles to camouflage themselves as legitimate — and platforms aren’t saying anything about what they plan to do about it.

"Aliens aren’t the only fake news you’ll find in “top stories.” A quick search for the Loch Ness Monster turns up a credulous piece in the Scottish newspaper Press and Journal reporting that sightings of the (fake) monster were at their highest levels since 2016, according a local crackpot who keeps a list of these things. (The Press and Journal wrote a nearly identical story the year before, bylined by the famous journalist “REPORTER.” The story quoted the same crackpot, and presumably enjoyed a similar surge in search traffic at the time.)" REST OF ARTICLE HERE:

[Here is a partial list of "Fake" UFO/Paranormal sites: Please do not list these sites or disseminate stories from these sites —Chris]


USI Calgary

J. Randall Murphy
Staff member
Article HERE: Here is a partial list of "Fake" UFO/Paranormal sites: Please do not list these sites or disseminate stories from these sites — Chris ...
I find it a bit ironic that something from Facebook is pointing fingers at Google. Isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black? Both services have content that is better or worse, but Facebook bothers me far more than Google. In order to view Scott's page, one has to become a member there. There seems to be very little info on him elsewhere. But he did appear on a podcast show called The Front ( here ) and has a blurb here. Maybe a guest suggestion?
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