Google News – How to Report Spam or Fake News


Today I noticed a spam link (from a website with a fake-news-sounding name) on my Google News feed. My first thought was to flag this as not news or as unwanted, but I wasn't able to find any option to do this.

How can I report spam or fake news to Google so they can filter it from Google News?

I feel the need to clarify because "fake news" in my post seems to be inviting misinterpretation. I do NOT mean "fake news" in the Trumpian sense. That is, my goal is not to flag news stories that run counter to my personal beliefs.

Rather, I mean "fake news" quite literally. Spam purveyors masquerading as news outlets.

I was getting a flurry of spam "stories" on my feed from sites with names like "West Cost Newz" (I don't remember the exact names — there were several). The headlines would be along the lines of "Payday Loans Hot Pensacola Low Interest Save". The news-like name of the site was leading Google to include this spam in the news content it aggregates for Google News.

Best Answer

If the article is labeled as "Fact Check", then yes, there is.

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