Google Removes “In the News” from Desktop Search Results to Combat “Fake News”

Dec 08, 2016

The “Fake News” problem has been a hot topic of discussion in recent weeks, and Google has been one of the companies under pressure to do something about it. One step the company is taking is to remove “In the News” from the top of its desktop search, instead serving up a carousel of “Top Stories”—like it already does on its mobile search products.

Google thinks that by removing the word “news” from the results, there will be a clearer distinction between these search results and “Google News,” which is vetted by actual humans (and publications need to be approved in order to be featured there). Of course, many people rely solely on search results and have no idea that there is even a difference between those and the News results.