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Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links 364

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-the-facts dept.
wabrandsma writes about Google's new system for ranking the truthfulness of a webpage. "Google's search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them. Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. 'A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,' says the team. The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score. The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings."

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 593

by Jaysyn (#49138431) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

Because the FCC generally isn't allowed to release an incomplete regulatory document because of the effect it can have on the markets. It's always been this way with a single exception in my lifetime. If you had actually read this thread you'd know that.

And you wouldn't look like such a doofus.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 2) 593

by Jaysyn (#49131877) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

If you had done a bit of research, or DEITY$ forbid, read the very thread you are posting on, you'd know that what you are parroting is disingenuous drivel.

It's 8 pages of regulations. The bulk of the document is responding to the millions of FCC comments as they are required to do by law.

Also, the text of the ICC/USF was 751 pages, so as regulatory documents go, this one isn't anything special.

But, by all means, keep on being a useful idiot.

Comment: Re:I hope this wasn't a trojan horse (Score 1) 593

by Jaysyn (#49128355) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

I read it on an T-Mobile article while I researching this. It may have not been the same article I posted a link to.

Here is the current list:

At the bottom:
Tell us how you like to jam.
If your go-to music streaming service isn’t part of the program, tweet us your favorite service @TMobile, along with the hashtag #MusicFreedom.

So maybe?

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?