U.S. Adults don’t Trust Social Media for 2020 election news & Twitter warned to close accounts of Iranian leaders or face Sanctions
According to a new report, Democrats and Republicans can finally agree on something: Social media cannot be trusted. Just days before the start of the Democratic primaries, Pew Research Center’s recent survey showed that respondents from both sides of the aisle do not trust social media to provide reliable information on political and election news.
PCMag reported today that after surveying 12,043 US adults, Pew determined that the majority of respondents do not trust platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, and LinkedIn as news sources. Facebook (59 percent), Twitter (48 percent), and Instagram (42 percent) were the least-trusted platforms.
The survey breaks results down by political leaning to show who cares more about which platforms. When it comes to Facebook, 59 percent of Democrat-leaning respondents and 62 percent of Republican-leaning respondents deemed the platform untrustworthy.
Similarly, 46 percent of left-aligning respondents and 51 percent of right-aligning respondents distrust Twitter. For Instagram, 41 percent Democrats and 45 percent Republicans don’t trust the platform.
It’s too bad that Pew didn’t add in Google or Apple News. It was announced on Monday that Apple News was stepping up its news coverage of the 2020 Election. I had noted in our coverage of the Apple News announcement that conservative / Republican Apple fans wouldn’t agree with Apple’s list of “trusted news sites.”
Most of these “trusted” news sites were untrustworthy in pushing the false Democratic narrative on Russia collusion. They were equally untrustworthy in supporting the former FBI director James Comey who pushed investigations into Presidential candidate Trump based on false information given to the FISA Court based on a fake dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton.
While we can all agree to love Apple for software and hardware devices, when it comes to news and politics, the community is rightfully split.
Today Cult of Mac posted a report titled “Bernie Sanders tops list for most donations from Apple employees.”
It’s pretty clear by the chart below where Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple’s employees stand politically and that’s fine. But asking conservatives to trust them on news is humorous at best.
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As far as Google goes, once you see this Google video made after the last election, you realize that Google is a super far left wing company to its very core that could never be trusted beyond their left base. How can a business leader call half of their customer base fascists and think that’s okay?
Shut Down Iranian Leader Twitter Sites
In another story about politics and social media today, CNBC reports a group of Republican senators (Cruz, Rubio, Cotton and Blackburn) sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey saying that Twitter would be subject to U.S. sanctions if they didn’t end service to Iranian officials such as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. already sanctioned by the U.S. government.
The four senators wrote: “While the First Amendment protects the free speech rights of Americans — and Twitter should not be censoring the political speech of Americans — the Ayatollah enjoys zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights.
And, as the leader of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism — directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of U.S. citizens — the Ayatollah and any American companies providing him assistance are entirely subject to U.S. sanctions laws.”
Google December Product Reviews Update Affects More Than English Language Sites? via @sejournal, @martinibuster
Google’s Product Reviews update was announced to be rolling out to the English language. No mention was made as to if or when it would roll out to other languages. Mueller answered a question as to whether it is rolling out to other languages.
Google December 2021 Product Reviews Update
On December 1, 2021, Google announced on Twitter that a Product Review update would be rolling out that would focus on English language web pages.
Our December 2021 product reviews update is now rolling out for English-language pages. It will take about three weeks to complete. We have also extended our advice for product review creators: https://t.co/N4rjJWoaqE
— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) December 1, 2021
The focus of the update was for improving the quality of reviews shown in Google search, specifically targeting review sites.
A Googler tweeted a description of the kinds of sites that would be targeted for demotion in the search rankings:
“Mainly relevant to sites that post articles reviewing products.
Think of sites like “best TVs under $200″.com.
Goal is to improve the quality and usefulness of reviews we show users.”
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Google also published a blog post with more guidance on the product review update that introduced two new best practices that Google’s algorithm would be looking for.
The first best practice was a requirement of evidence that a product was actually handled and reviewed.
The second best practice was to provide links to more than one place that a user could purchase the product.
The Twitter announcement stated that it was rolling out to English language websites. The blog post did not mention what languages it was rolling out to nor did the blog post specify that the product review update was limited to the English language.
Google’s Mueller Thinking About Product Reviews Update
Product Review Update Targets More Languages?
The person asking the question was rightly under the impression that the product review update only affected English language search results.
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But he asserted that he was seeing search volatility in the German language that appears to be related to Google’s December 2021 Product Review Update.
This is his question:
“I was seeing some movements in German search as well.
So I was wondering if there could also be an effect on websites in other languages by this product reviews update… because we had lots of movement and volatility in the last weeks.
…My question is, is it possible that the product reviews update affects other sites as well?”
John Mueller answered:
“I don’t know… like other languages?
My assumption was this was global and and across all languages.
But I don’t know what we announced in the blog post specifically.
But usually we try to push the engineering team to make a decision on that so that we can document it properly in the blog post.
I don’t know if that happened with the product reviews update. I don’t recall the complete blog post.
But it’s… from my point of view it seems like something that we could be doing in multiple languages and wouldn’t be tied to English.
And even if it were English initially, it feels like something that is relevant across the board, and we should try to find ways to roll that out to other languages over time as well.
So I’m not particularly surprised that you see changes in Germany.
But I also don’t know what we actually announced with regards to the locations and languages that are involved.”
Does Product Reviews Update Affect More Languages?
While the tweeted announcement specified that the product reviews update was limited to the English language the official blog post did not mention any such limitations.
Google’s John Mueller offered his opinion that the product reviews update is something that Google could do in multiple languages.
One must wonder if the tweet was meant to communicate that the update was rolling out first in English and subsequently to other languages.
It’s unclear if the product reviews update was rolled out globally to more languages. Hopefully Google will clarify this soon.
Google Blog Post About Product Reviews Update
Google’s New Product Reviews Guidelines
John Mueller Discusses If Product Reviews Update Is Global
Watch Mueller answer the question at the 14:00 Minute Mark
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