1. Google highlighting inaccurate story about US election results

Google highlighting inaccurate story about US election results

Facebook has been accused of possibly swaying the election by promoting fake news stories on its social network, an increasingly important source of information for many Americans.

By: | San Francisco | Published: November 15, 2016 1:49 AM
On Monday, a link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google's influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results. On Monday, a link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results.

Google’s search engine is highlighting an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week’s election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet’s gatekeepers.

The incorrect results are shown in a two-day-old story posted on the pro-Trump ”70 News” site. On Monday, a link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results.

Facebook has been accused of possibly swaying the election by promoting fake news stories on its social network, an increasingly important source of information for many Americans.

Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College’s decisive count, but is losing the popular vote.

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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