Google updates Search algorithms to protect people dealing with online harassment
Now, once someone has requested a removal from one site with predatory practices, Google will automatically apply
"We're also looking to expand these protections further, as part of our ongoing work in this space," said Pandu
The changes in Search algorithms come after The
"The change was inspired by a similar approach we've taken with victims of non-consensual explicit content, commonly known as revenge porn. While no solution is perfect, our evaluations show that these changes meaningfully improve the quality of our results," Nayak said in a statement on Thursday.
Google said it has designed ranking systems to surface high-quality results for as many queries as possible, but some types of queries are more susceptible to bad actors and require specialised solutions.
One such example is websites that employ exploitative removals practices.
"These are sites that require payment to remove content, and since 2018 we've had a policy that enables people to request removal of pages with information about them from our results," Nayak informed.
Beyond removing these pages from appearing in
"Search is never a solved problem, and there are always new challenges we face as the web and the world change," the company said.
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