ABC News (Australia): High Court allows Milorad Trkulja to sue Google for defamation over images linked to crime bosses. “A man who claims to be defamed by Google has now been given the green light to sue the search engine by the High Court. Milorad Trkulja was shot in the back by an unknown gunman in Melbourne in 2004, at the time of a series of underworld killings.”
WNBF: Vestal School Google Search Directs Users To Sex Site . “The Vestal School District posted a notice on its website indicating administrators were aware of ‘an issue’ with the popular search service that was “directing users to an inappropriate website.”… In a statement, the school district said its information technology department made ‘countless attempts’ to have Google correct the issue.”
Forbes: Google Wants Your Help In Removing Garbage From Its Search Results, Here’s What You Can Do . “It will come as a surprise to no one that Google uses AI to keep its Search results free from spam and links pointing to dangerous websites. AI is a powerful tool, but it can be more effective when it’s used in combination with human input. With that in mind, Google is asking for your help to keep its search results clean.”
Search Engine Journal: Google Has Removed Over 80% of Hacked Sites from Search Results. “Google has released new details about about its spam fighting efforts, revealing that more than 80% of hacked sites have been detected and removed from search results. The search giant plans to continue its efforts by working directly with popular content management systems to fight back against those who compromise forums and comment sections with spam.”
SEO Roundtable: Google: Sometimes We Pick Up Wrong Dates & Display Them Wrong In The Snippets . “Google’s John Mueller addressed the ongoing issues and complaints about how Google displays dates in the search results snippets and how sometimes, maybe more often than anyone wants, the dates in the snippets are wrong. John said most of the time they are not an SEO trick, it is just Google picking up the wrong dates from maybe content in the article, maybe a comment date or something else – but most often, it is not some sort of spam tactic.” If you’ve done any kind of date-based search with Google News, you’ll know Google has had an issue with this for a long time. Not sure why it’s coming up now. I do not think it’s any kind of spam trick.
Search Engine Land: Google’s reliance on Wikipedia makes it vulnerable to search pranks. “Once again, Google is in trouble with conservative critics because of its perceived anti-Republican bias. The company’s Knowledge Panel for the California Republican party briefly showed that the party’s ideology included ‘Nazism.'”
ACM Digital Library: Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources. “Recent research has suggested that young users are not particularly skilled in assessing the credibility of online content. A follow up study comparing students to fact checkers noticed that students spend too much time on the page itself, while fact checkers performed ‘lateral reading’, searching other sources. We have taken this line of research one step further and designed a study in which participants were instructed to do lateral reading for credibility assessment by inspecting Google’s search engine result page (SERP) of unfamiliar news sources. In this paper, we summarize findings from interviews with 30 participants.”