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Google Discover is Increasing the Rate of Plagiarism, Here’s How

Google has been the gateway to the rest of the internet for quite some time now, but the tech juggernaut has been trying to become a singular resource for all of the content that people consume as well. Its Google Discover feature is a popular one on its Android mobile operating system because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up it allows Android users to find stories and articles that they want to read in one place.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Google Discover is causing an increase in plagiarism after the launch of its latest feature: Web Stories. Web Stories is Google’s attempt to compete with the likes of Snapchat and Instagram by offering users the chance to create Stories on its own platform. After it was integrated with WordPress, Web Stories usage skyrocketed and this is when plagiarism started to occur with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The easy nature of creating Web Stories is allowing a lot of malicious actors to rip off other people’s hard work. This is fairly prevalent throughout the internet, but Google usually manages to take these instances of plagiarism down before they get the chance to become truly widespread. In spite of the fact that this is the case, these same copyright protections don’t seem to apply to Web Stories so Google clearly needs to do a lot of work to reduce the occurrence of such creative violations.

Many of the Web Stories that user can see in Google Discover are word to word copies of articles published in more reputable publications such as Android Police and CNBC. Google Discover cannot be a legitimate place to find content until this problem is solved, because the people that make this content often don’t get compensated when their work is plagiarized. It is high time for Google to crack down on plagiarism, or do away with the Web Stories feature entirely which is possibly the best option.


H/T: 9to5G.

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