Google: 'No Concrete Plans' to De-Rank Content of Russian Media


Following criticism of Russia's online activities created to influence Americans and now other nations, Eric Schmidt has gone on record to say that Google will no longer classify certain Russian sites as news.

The head of the agency, Alexander Zharov, said it would ask Google to explain the concept of ranking as it is applied to RT and Sputnik, the Post reported.

Google plans to "derank" Russian articles from media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, following alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

The Executive Chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, said the search engine giant will make news articles from Russian-funded news sites hard to find on its platform. US intelligence agencies have said both of the websites spread misinformation and published negative stories about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 USA presidential election.

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U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly describe RT as "Russia's state-run propaganda machine".

During the discussion, Schmidt claimed that he was "very strongly not in favor of censorship", but said that he has faith in "ranking" without acknowledging if the system might serve the same function. He added that the company does not want to ban the outlets. It's what we do", said Schmidt."It's a very legitimate question as to how we rank, A or B, right? Last month, Twitter banned ads from all accounts owned by Russia Today and Sputnik following a probe by the company.

Documents released last week show that RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the USA government.

The report claimed: "State-owned Russian media made increasingly favorable comments about President-elect Trump as the 2016 USA general and primary election campaigns progressed while consistently offering negative coverage of Secretary Clinton". USA intelligence services accuse the country of trying to sway the vote in favour of Donald Trump by spreading fake news and hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks in order to undermine Hillary Clinton. The broadcaster is fighting the order in court.