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Google inadvertently silences news publishers during weekend glitch

Google inadvertently silences news publishers during weekend glitch

Publishers have reacted with dismay following a weekend glitch that saw many temporarily removed from Google News during an apparently unintentional purge.

From late Sunday publishers began finding that their news websites were being removed from the platform, sparking alarm among long-standing contributors.

Blaming the silencing on ‘an unintentional technical error’ Google’s engineers worked swiftly to rectify the situation with most issues resolved by the end of the day, although some reported ongoing issues through Monday.

Maricia Scott, engineering director at Google News, explained: “We are working hard to identify the sites that were incorrectly affected and will get them back as soon as we possibly can."

Publishers are becoming increasingly dependent on Google for traffic as the internet increasingly revolves around the tech titan, meaning that any downtime however brief has the potential to significantly limit potential readers.

Google has been seeking to assuage publishers that its intentions are benign amid accusations that it is aggressively hogging advertising space at publishers expense.