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After its 4chan slip-up, is it time for Google to drop Top Stories?

After yesterday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Google briefly gave its “Top Stories” stamp of approval to two 4chan threads identifying (and triumphantly smearing) the wrong man as the shooter.

Google apologized for including “inaccurate” web pages in its top results, saying that its algorithm had spotted a burst of activity around a little-used search term (the name of 4chan’s so-called suspect), created a Top Stories carousel, and favored “fresh” content there above more authoritative sources.This is far from the first time Google’s search results have purveyed misinformation.

In March, it finally instructed human quality raters — who manually evaluate web pages to train the Search algorithm — to flag offensive and factually incorrect……



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