Google to rank news stories by ‘quality’

There will, indeed, be issues about how that “quality” is decided. Google has applied for a patent for a search engine which will attempt to create “a system to compare the track record and credibility of different news sources”. According to the report, which references this New Scientist article, “The [new] database will weigh a series of variables, including story length, number of staff employed and amount of traffic to its website”, in contrast to the current system in which, as the BBC helpfully asserts, “a news story written by trusted sources such as the BBC or CNN could be outranked by a more obscure publication if the latter is a more current story”.. Hmmm..