Google News, which operates news and search services in the United States, Europe, and Asia, has a “deeply embedded” algorithm that is pushing its own content to its readers.
The new study by the research firm GfK found that Google News had the highest ratio of “fake news” articles on its site, with over 80% of them being fake news.
Google has previously been accused of artificially curating its own information on its search engine, with the company previously admitting to the practice.
The report from Gfk found that between 2011 and 2015, Google News promoted and promoted “fake” news more than any other news outlet, including Facebook and Twitter.
In 2017, Google was accused of deliberately pushing the story that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a Muslim and the “Russian government” was behind the attacks.
The company has repeatedly denied these claims.
The Gfks study, however, found that in the period that Google published fake news, it pushed content to readers at rates that were much higher than other news outlets.
In the first two weeks after the Boston bombings, Google published almost 500 stories that contained false or misleading information, according to the report.
“The results show that Google’s bias toward publishing false news is a strong contributor to the high rate of false news in Google News,” said Robert Shiller, Gfking CEO and a co-author of the report, in a statement.
“This means that Google has a vested interest in presenting a positive picture of the terrorist attack and its perpetrators and in presenting false news as fact.”
Google News has already faced criticism in the US and elsewhere, as it has a high ratio of fake news stories, according in the Gfkes study.
In January, a Washington Post investigation found that the search giant is heavily influenced by its advertising partners and that it has been accused in the past of artificially manipulating its search results to target its own advertising revenue.
In response to the GfbK study, Google said it was “confident in our work and are looking forward to further collaboration with researchers and regulators”.