In the newly updated guidelines, content displayed on Google News must abide by the following: “Sites included in Google News must not misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about their ownership or primary purpose, or engage in coordinated activity to mislead users. This includes, but isn’t limited to, sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises.”
Fake news from online sources has been blamed for helping elect Trump. Russian publications operated by propagandists wrote fake news during the Presidential election, publishing content as though they were legitimate publications. Favouring Facebook to target their audience, the site identified thousands of posts and paid advertisements placed by Russia-based operatives, something that Russia has repeatedly denied.
The change may seem small, but it will have an impact. By excluding websites that mask their country of origin from their search engine, the company is effectively reducing its chances of spreading.
Find out more by reading Google’s guidelines here