Google’s new social network is a big deal.
But what about the future of social media and the future for journalism?
A new report from The Times suggests Google’s “troll” social media platform, which is aimed at promoting its own content, is not as popular as the company would like.
Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said in September that Google has been getting “a lot of feedback” from journalists and publishers, and that Google “really wants to be a place where people can be themselves, not just be a part of a conversation.”
In a letter to the editorial board of The New York Times last month, Pichahai said the company is looking at whether to bring back its “toxic” “trolling” feature.
The company said the feature is being removed from the service after an outcry from media outlets.
The Times article also said Google will not be bringing back “tweet-based content,” which it previously offered as an alternative to social media.
“We’re taking a hard look at what we can do with the platform, and what we should do with it, and we’ve started to look at that as well,” Pichay said.
The Times article came out the same day as Google announced that it was expanding its search results to include more political commentary.
The move follows the appointment of former White House press secretary Jen Psaki to lead Google’s political coverage, which the Times said “has been severely affected by political bias in search results.”
“We know that our search results are biased in favor of the left and the right, which means we’ve got to do better to change that,” Pitchisaid in a statement to The Times.
“It’s time for Google to get out of its echo chamber, where it’s been for decades and start focusing on delivering real results.”