Google Considers Removing Controversial Knowledge Panel

NewsBusters | 11/29/2018 | Staff
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With concerns about tech bias dominating the news cycle, Google wants to remove its information panel from search engine results.

The Knowledge Panel, generated primarily by crowd-sourced information website Wikipedia, is often the first thing users see when searching a topic such as a celebrity, historical figure, or political party. With a few short sentences and associations, it can often make using the actual links provided by the search engine superfluous. However, in light of recent controversies and the ongoing modern concerns about fake news, information warfare, and content manipulation, the implications are far more drastic. According to Search Engine Roundtable, Google has confirmed it will be running tests where the panel in question is no longer used.

Example - Panel - Scandals - Fox - News

A famous example of the panel's previous scandals was reported by Fox News, when the Knowledge Panel cited Wikipedia’s erroneous entry listing “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. The error was originally spotted and tweeted by political strategist and LearnTestOptimize founder...
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