Google announced a new plan to fight the spread of misinformation across its platforms. The paper was over 30 pages long and broke down how content will be filtered and will help deem certain things appropriate or inappropriate. They will use some non-partisan filtering nonprofits that specialize in election-related fact checking. Then, the International Fact-Checking Network will determine the validity of the data. All of this will hopefully lead to less misinformation. This seems to be in preparation for the 2020 election, which will almost certainly be filled with controversy.
While I agree with the removal of hateful messaging that would violate the first amendment, I am unsure about this policy change to Google. One of the things that makes Google so innovative and great is the openness of the platform; it allows for multiple viewpoints. I am unsure how I feel about non-profits deciding what I see when I search for things. It’s hard to imagine an organization could be completely non-partisan, so while I like the mindset Google is coming from, I don’t see them limiting speech as the best option. Unfortunately, the line between real news and fake news is becoming blurred, so this problem will continue to get worse.