Google planning to 'de-rank' Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik

Google planning to 'de-rank' Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik

Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001, said that the company's algorithm was capable of detecting "repetitive, exploitative, false, and weaponized" info, but did not elaborate on how these qualities were determined.

Following criticism of Russia's online activities created to influence Americans and now other nations, Eric Schmidt has gone on record to say that Google will no longer classify certain Russian sites as news.

The move would bump the outlets down on Google's search results, making it tougher for the sites to grab eyeballs.

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan blasted Schmidt's comments Monday.

In a recent Q and A between Alphabet chairman, Eric Schmidt, and journalists, it was admitted that Google is trying to find a way to de-rank the RT and Sputnik news outlets on Google News, which are often critical about the West and particularly its collective foreign policy.

He added: "I am strongly not in favour of censorship - I am very strongly in favour of ranking". I am very strongly in favor of ranking.

"We started with the default American view that "bad" speech would be replaced with "good" speech, but the problem found in the a year ago is that this may not be true in certain situations, especially when you have a well-funded opponent who is trying to actively spread this information", he told the audience.

Russia Today and Sputnik slated the "deranking" plan.

Schmidt, speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum on November 18, responded to a question about allegations that Sputnik spreads "propaganda" in its articles and said Google is working to give less prominence to "those kinds of websites", rather than delisting them.

The Justice Department announced the registration just hours after RT's chief editor said the company had complied with the USA demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The decision to "off-board" advertisements from the state-controlled outlets comes in the wake of alleged Russian efforts to interfere in last year's U.S. presidential election.

Twitter last month announced that it will ban ads from the two Russian news organisations.

Russian Federation denies meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.