Google is taking a counterintuitive approach to countering adblocking: building an adblocking feature of its own.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday night
that Google is considering bringing an adblocking feature to the desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome web browser. The feature, which could be turned on by default, would block ads that don’t meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads
(of which Google and Facebook, among others, are both members and pay to fund), such as pop-ups, prestitials, and auto-play videos that have sound.
The company is also considering going a step further by blocking all ads on offending pages, rather than the offending ads alone, the Wall Street Journal reported. That could be bad news for publishers, which don’t always actively police the kinds of ads that appear on their pages.
Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
Elections have become a time when Internet censorship, online harassment, and the deliberate spread of misinformation escalate. Last year, social media networks were blocked in Uganda
during national elections. In the Gambia and Gabon
, the Internet was shut down altogether.
Harassment of political candidates and activists alike was a hallmark of special parliamentary elections in Macedonia
, presidential elections in the US
, and last week’s chief executive elections in Hong Kong
. As elections approach in Iran, hardliners are pressuring the Rouhani administration to block the Telegram messaging app
. And the tide of harassment is rising in both Russia
, as both nations prepare to choose their next leader.
Elections in Armenia and Ecuador last week proved to be no exception. The lead-up to
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It started with a tweet.
No, maybe it just started with a Google search for the White Helmets. The White Helmets are a volunteer group in rebel-held Syria and were the subject of an Academy Award-winning
documentary short. Most people can objectively agree that these are good people.
When Business Insider
‘s Natasha Bertrand
looked them up recently, though, she found that their Google results are now prominently displaying a conspiracy theory that the group killed kids to fake all of those horrific videos from the recent Syrian gas attack. Conspiracy theories
around the attack and Donald Trump
‘s decision to launch missiles over it have been rampant, sure, but at the top of Google results?
Bertrand tweeted it…
The fight against fake news continues.
So many outlets
have taken steps to reduce the amount of false information consumed by the average Internet user on social media, but Google is doing one better. They’re not waiting for the info to hit Facebook before they pounce.
Google announced in a blog post
today that fact-checking will start to appear in search results:
For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.
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Critics say the bill would limit free speech, and on Wednesday, Andrus Ansip
, European Commission VP for the digital single market, told European Parliament (echoing remarks he’d made previously
), “We have to believe in the common sense of our people. Fake news is bad, but a Ministry of Truth is even worse…We need to address the spread of fake news by improving media literacy and critical thinking.” At least in the U.S., the audience for fact checks has become somewhat partisan; research here last year found that Democrats view fact-checking more favorably than Republicans
. “At a time of no trust in the media, why would the voter trust the [fact-checker] over the politician he or she supported?” Alexios Mantzarlis
, director of the International Fact-Checking Network
at Poynter, asked recently
at a fact-checking summit in D.C.