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Google to de-rank RT and Sputnik news outlets
by Paul Hill
In a recent Q and A between Alphabet chairman, Eric Schmidt, and journalists, it was admitted that Google is trying to find a way to de-rank the RT and Sputnik news outlets on Google News, which are often critical about the West and particularly its collective foreign policy. Ever since the election of Donald Trump, U.S. politicians have been trying to draw links between the Russian state, which partially funds RT and Sputnik, and Trump’s election win.
Schmidt said that Google was trying to find a way to make news from RT and Sputnik appear lower in the Google News rankings so that less people would end up on the sites. He did reiterate, however, that he didn’t want to ban the sites outright because “that’s not how we operate.”
Sputnik and RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan responded to the news saying:
The company’s decision to de-rank RT is quite baffling considering that it recently stated that RT didn’t break the rules on its other platform, YouTube, at all in the election process or at any other time. Google, Facebook, and Twitter all stated that while there were Russian presences on their platforms, but that their reach was miniscule.
As a side note, it’s important to mention that Eric Schmidt has been referred to by Hillary Clinton as a “longtime friend” and that he was spotted at the Clinton campaign headquarters on election night wearing a staffer’s badge.
Source: BBC News
By Vlad Dudau
17 million tweets went out during last night's presidential debate, most of them about Trump
by Vlad Dudau
Yesterday’s presidential debate in the US was a big deal, with enthusiasm, irony, outrage and sarcasm reaching epic proportions online. Twitter, the popular social network, says that the event prompted a new record for the company, with over 17 million tweets being sent out by those following live.
The social media platform says that overall questions and tweets were a record for any presidential debate, and that a large number of these were related to Donald Trump’s attitude towards women. In terms of actual policy, terrorism, foreign affairs, the economy, healthcare and guns were the most tweeted subjects. The debate also sparked its own hashtags, including #MuslimsReportStuff and #LockerRoomTalkIn5Words. This was the most RT'd tweet:
Trump walked away at the end of the night with 16,000 new followers, while Clinton gained 25,000 new followers over the course of the debate.
The news comes just as Twitter has been struggling to gain new users and as the social network has been considering putting itself up for sale. Bids from big players like Disney, Verizon, Microsoft, and Salesforce were expected, but more recent reports indicate that bidders have now backed off, leaving the stagnant company in a cooling off period.
Perhaps the presidential debate shows once again that Twitter’s biggest asset, and its strength relies on covering live events in real-time.
My opinion: I'm actually surprised that Hillary's rivals hasn't use this issues yet.
Whats yours opinion, takes, comments?