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Google News prohibits sites not to hide country of origin

Google also allows publishers to file a spam report if they believe that another publisher has violated Google News inclusion guidelines

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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In an attempt to take on fake news head on, has updated its guidelines to prohibit sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises.

"Sites included in must not misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about their ownership or primary purpose, or engage in coordinated activity to mislead users," states the company guidelines.

Google also allows publishers to file a spam report if they believe that another publisher has violated inclusion guidelines.

"While we may not take manual action in response to every report, spam reports are prioritised based on user impact, and in some cases may lead to complete removal of a spammy site from results," Google said.

The move to keep dishonest sites from appearing in comes in the wake of mounting pressure on the Internet giant to do more to stop the spread of fake news after allegations of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election surfaced, Engadget reported late Saturday.

First Published: Sun, December 17 2017. 17:17 IST
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