The news provided by the “Google News” platform is often insufficient or effective, when it comes to reading breaking news of certain current events, so many users resort to social media platforms, primarily Twitter, to get their news coverage.
In an effort to catch up in this regard, more than a year ago, “Google” developed the Big Moments feature to keep up with events in real time and in a way that may change the way users read news, according to the “Android Police” website concerned with technical affairs.
Big Moments provides insight into current events by providing more historical context for major events as they occur, from health crises and terrorism to entertainment and sporting events, and attempts to highlight the most reliable details about a specific incident in time, such as accident death and injury statistics, It is updated as new information becomes available, and it can also include government data on the frequency of major events, such as mass shootings or natural disasters.
While the Google News platform relies on algorithms and artificial intelligence to display its news content, Google will have to make editorial decisions in Big Moments.
According to theinformation, which was the first to talk about Google’s development of this feature, the continued reliance on computational decisions and their inclusion in algorithms and policies will be a major challenge.
The site explained that describing and naming events as they occur would be risky from an editorial point of view, and not without challenges, for example when does a protest become a riot? What is the definition of a terrorist attack? And when is the right time to name an event? This effort will expose Google to greater political scrutiny and societal debate about the accuracy and impact of the content it chooses at a time when it is already facing criticism for its dominance of online search and advertising.
“The launch of Big Moments will bring Google closer to making editorial decisions facing news content makers,” said Irina Raiko, director of the Internet Ethics Program at Santa Clara University in California. Signals fed into algorithms and policies.”