Russia has protested against the comments of Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet that Google will start to de-rank content from Russian news agencies that are spreading fake news. Schmidt has further added that Google does not plan to ban the sites instead develop the algorithms in such a manner that the strategy of amplifying messages can be dealt with.
Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of Russian Foreign Ministry, opines that this move is the direct violation of the rights of free speech. US intelligence has claimed Russian media tries to influence politics by serving as a medium of Kremlin’s messages to Russia and the world. Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of Russian Today, has claimed that Google’s own review system has given the news website a clean chit three weeks prior to the allegations. De-ranking would affect the audience base and revenue generation by the website.
Now the difficult question is that if Russian Today did not violate the rules of Google, then the search engine’s move to de-rank seems to be a politically motivated move.