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March 15, 2006

i-Newswire is out, that's who

A couple of days after Rich Wiggins posted his blog story about the ability to place false news stories in Google News, CNN has picked up the story, and Google has now dropped i-Newswire as a source for Google News.

i-Newswire was a user-contributed content (UCC) service, and thus subject to the pollution problem I've been discussing (link and link). More precisely, i-Newswire is an un-moderated or un-edited UCC service (all press release newswires rely on user-contributed content, but most employ editors to decide whether press released are legitimate).

Google News, on the other hand, is not a UCC, and is edited: there is central control over which content feeds are included. So, in a crude way, Google can handle the pollution problem: if pollution is coming in through channel A, turn channel A off. Google News may be a case where a technological pollution prevention approach will work pretty well, obviating the need for an incentive system.

Posted by jmm at March 15, 2006 10:25 PM

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