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Google updates its search engine algorithms to combat online extortion

Google updates its search engine algorithms to combat online extortion
Google updates its search engine algorithms to combat online extortion

Google

announced

a

change

in

the

algorithms

responsible

for

operating

the

popular

search

engine

in

an

attempt

to

combat

sites

that

spread

misleading

and

undocumented

content

about

others.

This

is

a

new

step

for

the

giant

American

Internet

and

technology

services

company,

which

has

historically

adopted

the

principle

of

non-interference

in

the

presentation

of

search

results.

These

changes

are

aimed

at

combating

the

activity

of

extortion

and

online

defamation,

through

which

Internet

sites

spread

lies

and

offensive

information

about

people,

so

that

they

appear

at

the

top

of

the

lists

of

search

results

on

Google

for

searching

for

the

name

of

the

person,

and

these

sites

do

not

delete

these

materials

unless

they

get

paid

the

victim.

The

New

York

Times

had

reported

earlier

that

Google

had

started

changing

the

search

engine

algorithms,

after

the

American

newspaper

published

a

series

of

articles

warning

of

the

new

method

of

electronic

blackmail

that

uses

the

existing

Google

search

engine

algorithms.

Google

has

also

created

a

“Known

Victims”

list,

which

includes

the

names

of

people

who

report

to

Google

that

they

have

fallen

victim

to

this

extortion.

Google

says

that

it

will

provide

protection

for

these

people

when

displaying

and

ranking

search

results,

so

that

the

appearance

of

this

offensive

content

on

other

sites

is

prevented

when

doing

a

search

for

the

names

of

these

people.

“For

years,

our

approach

has

been

to

remedy

the

deficiencies

in

search

rankings,

and

we

have

not

embraced

the

approach

of

correcting

individual

queries,

but

we

have

taken

these

examples

and

are

looking

for

ways

to

make

broad

improvements

to

search

algorithms,”

Badu

Nayak,

a

Google

Vice

President

who

heads

the

search

quality

teams,

said

in

a

statement.

.
Google updates its search engine algorithms to combat online extortion
Google updates its search engine algorithms to combat online extortion

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