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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

For many years, the vicious cycle has spun: Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints about supposed cheaters, sexual predators, deadbeats and scammers. People slander their enemies. The anonymous posts appear high in Google results for the names of victims. Then the websites charge the victims thousands of dollars to take the posts down. This circle of …

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India’s ‘Ugliest’ Language? Google’s Answer, Kannada, Drew a Backlash

It was an odd, unanswerable question. Still, it was on the mind of at least one Google user in India. What is the country’s “ugliest” language? For anyone who typed the question into the platform’s search bar recently, its algorithm produced a fact box confident of the answer: a tongue called Kannada, spoken by tens …

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