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Academic Study Reveals Google favors a small number of news outlets. All on the same side.

According to data compiled by researchers from Northwestern University, the search engine promoted those sites over others repeatedly in November 2017. 

  • Stories from only 20 media outlets were featured in Google’s Top Stories box in November 2017
  • 62 percent of those outlets were considered to be left-leaning media sources
  • CNN accounted for 10 percent of the news promoted, The New York Times made up 6.5 percent and The Washington Post accounted for 5.6 percent
  • By contrast, Fox stories made up only three percent of the 6,302 articles
  • Google uses an algorithm to decide what goes in its Top Stories box
  • It is based largely on the popularity of a topic or of a viewpoint
  • The search engine has denied that it deliberately promotes left-leaning sites
  • It now has unprecedented power over what is promoted and how much traffic it sends to sites given Facebook’s recent scale back on news 

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