How Google Funds Fake News Media

The fake news media is on the take. It is funded by Google and, to lesser extent, other Big Tech. From Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Congressional Testimony in March 2021:

“Over the past 20 years, we have collaborated closely with the news industry and provided billions of dollars to support the creation of quality journalism in the digital age.”

Each month, people click through from Google Search and Google News results to publishers’ websites more than 24 billion times — that’s over 9,000 clicks per second. This free traffic helps new publishers increase their readership, build trust with readers and earn money through advertising and subscriptions. We also recently announced a new investment in Google News Showcase and committed $1 billion over the next three years to pay publishers to produce editorially curated content experiences and for limited free user access to paywalled content.”

Through these 24 billion free monthly clicks and cash, Google effectively controls the “news” industry. A longer text with hyperlinks to other sources is in an article How Google supports journalism and the news industry on Google Blog.

Google funds selected mouthpieces with the money obtained by pilfering content from all the web.

via Science Defies Politics

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May 31, 2022 at 04:48PM

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