Our initial story highlighted the emerging legacy of dead and misleading content within Google News, focusing on AI-generated articles. We must clarify that finding AI-generated articles in Google News requires a specific search technique. 404 Media said you had to search for topics like ‘Star Wars theory’ and set the results to the past 24 hours. This is how you discover these ‘legacies of dead’ influenced articles.
This approach filtered out original, more credible sources, bringing forward less authentic content. Understanding this is crucial. AI articles make it harder to trust news online.
A Google spokesperson told us these sites were not featured in Google News. It is not accurate to say they were. These sites only appeared for specific, narrow search queries. The queries filtered out the date of an original article. We take the quality of our results seriously. We have clear policies against content created to rank well on the News. We remove websites that violate our policies.
We apologize for overstating the issue. We are providing an updated and accurate version of the original story. We’ve also updated the headline to make it more accurate.
AI-generated content is becoming ubiquitous online. You can even find it in your Google News feed. 404 Media’s report discovered that Google News can have websites with AI articles from other sources. Google News used to be a place you’d find the latest and most accurate information on most topics. But because something makes it to Google News, the information could be more reliable.
404 Media provided evidence of AI-generated articles bypassing Google’s algorithms. An example is a “news site” called Worldtimetodays. It recently published an article about Star Wars. An analysis of the article showed it was like one published earlier by Distractify. The article on Worldtimetoday had the same author as the previous one.
As you’d expect with AI, it had some odd phrasings. The ripped article read, “Let’s be honest, war of Stars fans,” “instead of Star Wars fans. The site also had articles rewritten from Heavy. They still need to replace benchmarked images.
AI is advancing and becoming more accessible. We will likely see a mass output of plagiarized articles. We will also see unreliable information. Some of this content may hit Google News. The company told 404 Media that it tries to filter spam on Google News. It isn’t a concern whether humans or AI write an article.
When you rank content, you focus on the quality of the content rather than its production. We see generated content created for ranking as spam. We take action according to our policies.
Google emphasized that websites are taken into consideration for Google News. The system may not immediately detect new websites. The company wants reliable, original content but also allows AI-generated articles.
The article explains the challenges and misunderstandings about AI-generated content in Google News. It shows that finding AI articles needs specific searches and adjustments. This approach has sometimes led to the promotion of less credible content. It happens at the expense of more authentic sources.
The article talks about problems with AI-generated content in Google News. It shows that finding AI articles needs specific searches and adjustments. This sometimes promotes less trustworthy content at the expense of reliable sources. This highlights the need for accuracy in digital news. It creates challenges for users.