Yacy vs Google Search Authority Fake Terror

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 23:10:54 PDT 2019


A senior search engineer at Google revealed that the company had to
tweak its algorithm to combat misinformation after mass shootings. The
Guardian reports: "In these last few years, there's been a tragic
increase in shootings," Pandu Nayak, who joined the company 14 years
ago to work on its search engine, said. "And it turns out that during
these shootings, in the fog of events that are unfolding, a lot of
misinformation can arise in various ways. "And so to address that we
have developed algorithms that recognize that a bad event is taking
place and that we should increase our notions of 'authority', increase
the weight of 'authority' in our ranking so that we surface high
quality content rather than misinformation in this critical time

Authority, by Google's definition, means pages that comply with the
company's search quality evaluator guidelines, a 166-page document
(PDF) that the company distributes to its 16,000 search quality
raters. Those employees are responsible for checking tweaks to
Google's algorithm to ensure that they give the best results, rating
search results on two scales: one that marks whether the searcher's
needs are met (if the search is for "Google Jobs," for instance, a
maps result showing the location of Google's head office "fails to
meet" needs, while the company's career's page "fully meets"), and a
second that marks the page's quality, defined over 80 pages of the
guidelines with "very high quality MC" (main content), "very high
level of E-A-T" (expertise, authoritativeness, trustworthiness) and
"very positive reputation."

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