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Google and Facebook's latest efforts to 'save' journalism are already getting eye rolls

Critics have lambasted Google and Facebook for the role their platforms played in amplifying a Russian disinformation campaign around the 2016 presidential election, saying the companies were slow to identify the foreign interference and didn't do enough to point users toward quality journalism. Arkivfoto: Margarethe Wichert/dapd

New policies by Google and Facebook aimed at ensuring original journalism ranks higher in search results are leading to fears that the changes could have unintended consequences for news media.

Google said this week that it will change its search rater guidelines and its algorithms to better surface original reporting - news originating from a publication and not aggregated from another outlet - to allow it to obtain a higher ranking on its search pages and maintain that ranking for a longer time. That follows Facebook last month saying it would begin offering several major news outlets as much as $3 million a year to license headlines and previews of articles, according to the Wall Street Journal, for use in a new feature called News Tab that is curated in part by veteran news editors...

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