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1/22/20
Why won't Google News remove obviously fake spam news? 1 Recommended Answer 2 Replies 4 Upvotes
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I recently reported a fake news site that is simply posting stolen content and even publishing EMPTY articles to Google News. They thanked me for the report, but then told me they will only remove it if I make a copyright complaint against the site. They are STILL ranking this site on Google News.

Check it out:  Up News Info

They are part of a farm of fake news websites.

Check out these high quality articles Google News is sharing:

Empty article:

Stolen from NY Times:

Empty article:

Empty article:

This is ridiculous. Why is Google News allowing this website to publish and ranking their articles, but not high quality original reporting? They are just telling everyone to become spammers.
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1/23/20
How did those empty articles get indexed at all, how weird. 
 
I don't see this site ranking well for any meaningful search words. I don't see them on any searches for their titles in Google News for the moment, but I do see them on Google and the news tab for their titles. 
 
Spam is something the product experts have talked to Google about regularly for years. I know they don't want to fight it by hand one at a time, they would rather address in it a more scalable way through the algo. But the algo seems to be doing a poor job of it lately. I even saw an example of an article with outdated, copied, content from the old help center, get a top spot with a featured information snippet, ranked above Google's own updated, authoritive, help center article recently. Ugh!
 
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