Google Sweetens Deals With Publishers

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Google is putting fake news in its crosshairs as it rolls out a news initiative aimed at stopping the spread of misinformation and helping publishers attract more subscribers.

"The GNI signifies a major milestone in Google's 15-year commitment to the news industry, and will bring together everything we do in collaboration with the industry-across products, partnerships, and programs-to help build a stronger future for news", said Schindler in a blog post.

The worldwide movement means Google will partner with news publications to help highlight the most accurate information possible.

Google is now letting retailers list their products on Google Search in exchange for a cut of transaction revenue, according to a blog post by the company.

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Also of note: The Shorenstein Center here at Harvard is building out a Disinformation Lab, modeled after some of the work First Draft News has done in the United Kingdom and France around collaborative, country-wide fact-checking for elections. Google says it's hoping to make this signal available to more news organizations this year. Google has also teamed up organisations to combat fake news during elections and breaking news. Your subscription will be tied to your Google account, so you'll be able to read paywalled content wherever you're signed in. Because of this, Google has already launched a new feature to YouTube which utilizes a breaking news section on the platform's homepage to allow users quick click-through's to current events topics from reputable sources.

Partners at launch include The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Gannett, McClatchy and Gatehouse Media in the US, as well as various other publications- Les Ochos, Fairfax Media, Le Figaro, the Financial Times, Grupo Globo, The Mainichi, La Nacion, NRC Media, Le Parisien, Reforma, la Republica and The Telegraph- in other parts of the world.

Empower news organizations through technological innovation. Google says it's committing $10 million through Google.org on a global media literacy initiative, which will include partnering with the fun, harmless YouTube stars like John Green that that, you know, the teens love.

The new addition works in both the Assistant and search results on your devices, as well as through voice commands on Google Assistant enabled speakers like Google Home and Home Mini.

Finally, we're also launching today Outline, an open-source tool from Jigsaw that lets news organizations provide journalists more secure access to the internet.

Subscribe with Google is understood to be working on a split revenue model with the company claiming to take a minority piece of the subscription cost, and publishers getting the "vast majority". For better or worse (we'd argue better), Google turned premium news into an impulse buy. "We'll be expanding that model globally".

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