Google Strikes Blow For Truth, Lie-Peddlers Horrified
Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2015
The biggest problem with the internet is that most well-heeled and/or well-organized purveyors of garbage can game search engines so that their sites are the first ones found in most internet searches on a topic.
It looks like Google has a solution — and if so, this is the best news I’ve heard so far this year:
Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. “A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,” says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.
The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.
In other words, no longer will well-funded denialist websites be the first things one sees when Googling for information on topics like climate change or vaccines.
This of course is a particularly powerful blow to conservative crapmeisters, which is of course why they are screaming over it like vampires in a holy-water shower:
Google: Custodians of Truth (TPC: Custodians of Craptastic Site Design)
Google and Obama to Decide All Truth Online (Because of course Google and Obama walk hand in hand, according to these mokes.)
Google Gives New Meaning to “Orwellian” (These guys give new meaning to “stupid”.)
Google: New Self-Righteous Source of Truth (This site really pushes the weird relativism conservatives have towards reality, which is hilarious considering how much they love to attack ‘moral relativism’.)
And just to be fair, a wacko libertarian-lefty commenter whining because he knows what a blow this is to the anti-vaccine grift.
Awwww. Dipwads won’t be able to pull the old trick of setting up websites that link to other crapmeister sites just to game the site rankings of most search engines.
Whine away, grifters. Your tears taste so sweet.
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