In a “momentous shift” for Google, the Big Tech giant will reportedly suppress certain search results that are part of a “slander industry,” in reaction to a report by The New York Times, seeking to break the “vicious cycle” of online slander.
“For many years, the vicious cycle has spun,” wrote Kashmir Hill and Daisuke Wakabayashi of The New York Times. “Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints about supposed cheaters, sexual predators, deadbeats and scammers. People slander their enemies. The anonymous posts appear high in Google results for the names of victims. Then the websites charge the victims thousands of dollars to take the posts down.”
“This circle of slander has been lucrative for the websites and associated middlemen — and devastating for victims,” they claimed. “Now Google is trying to break the loop.”
Google is now planning to amend its search algorithm so that websites “which operate under domains like BadGirlReport.date and PredatorsAlert.us” will be hidden from results when someone searches for