Google is changing its news search algorithms again. The company is going to try to emphasize “original reporting,” which it will “elevate” in its search results.
It will do this with the help and participation of the team oh human reviewers who received instructions about how to do. The company says it’s asking human raters to take into account a publisher’s reputation for providing quality reporting. Sometimes these search changes are minor, other times these announcements fundamentally change the business models of hundreds of websites. The change is available in Google search now and will roll out to Google News and Google Discover shortly. „While we typically show the latest and most comprehensive version of a story in news results, we’ve made changes to our products globally to highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting. Such articles may stay in a highly visible position longer. This prominence allows users to view the original reporting while also looking at more recent articles alongside it,” Google said.
However, this will be made without having „an absolute standard for establishing how original a given article is.” Unintended consequences are possible. It’s impossible to tell if Google’s just saying what publishers and readers want to hear, or whether it’ll actually have a real and positive effect.