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Google has banned nearly 200 sites in its crackdown on fake news


Back in November, Google announced a plan to shut down fake news sites by banning them from AdSense, its powerful ad platform.

So far it seems to have worked. So far 200 publishers have been removed from AdSense for "misrepresentative content" since the crackdown, according to Google's "Bad Ads" report. That classification covered more than just fake news.

Google was widely criticized for listing a fake news story that President Trump had won the popular vote at the top of its search results. 

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Hacking (Pexels)

Google also said it saw the rise of "tabloid cloakers" in 2016. These ads disguise themselves as news headlines, but after the user clicks, they're redirected to a page selling something that isn't news. 

Google also launched a sweeping crackdown on payday loan ads, shutting down more than 5 million. Overall, it took down more than 1.7 billion ads in 2016, more than double its 2015 total. 

Google did not list which sites it had banned. 

What do you think of Google's attempt to crack down on fake news?


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