Do not use BigTech: Google admits experimentally blocking some Australian news sites from searches as row over paying outlets for content gains steam
Internet users can’t find the latest Aussie news on searches as outlets say Google is flexing its muscles against the country’s senate’s proposed code that would make it pay media for news.
For days now, some internet users have been wondering why Google searches have omitted the latest updates from Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and other Australian news sites. Now the tech giant has admitted that it is carrying out an “experiment,” tweaking its closely guarded algorithm – and only old links are being displayed.
“We’re currently running a few experiments that will each reach about one percent of Google search users in Australia to measure the impacts of news businesses and Google search on each other,” a spokesman for the company told the Sydney Morning Herald after it wondered why its latest news didn’t feature in searches.