The Russian government funds Sputnik and Russia Today, or RT. Both of the websites spread misinformation and published stories that were negative toward Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, U.S. intelligence agencies have said.
“It’s basically RT and Sputnik that are the two, and there’s a whole bunch of coverage about what we’re doing there,” Schmidt said, according to a video of the talk posted on the event’s Facebook page.
Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville said Schmidt was referring to ongoing efforts announced in April to demote search results that link to low quality, false and deliberately misleading content. The company said at the time it would work to highlight authoritative content.
Google does not manually assign rankings to individual websites, Faville said, but analyzes a website’s attributes to automatically give it a position in results.