Google Changes Rules to Purge News That Masks Country of Origin

Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year.

To appear in Google News results, websites must meet broad criteria set out by the company, including accurately representing their owners or primary purposes. In an update to its guidelines released Friday, the search giant added language stipulating that publications not “engage in coordinated activity to mislead users.” Additionally the new rules read: “This includes, but isn’t limited to, sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises.”

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Google Purges Shady Overseas Sites in Latest Blow to Fake News
Google quietly introduced new rules to ban foreign news sites that mask their country of origin from appearing in the popular Google News service.

The new measure, introduced on Friday, appears to take aim at overseas websites that, for profit or propaganda purposes, impersonate local news sites in U.S. cities. The country-of-origin rule is part of broader new guidelines against fake or misleading news:

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