Google Search Results Have More Human Help Than You Think, Report Finds • Discoverology

Google Search Results Have More Human Help Than You Think, Report Finds

Business, Tech

Google’s increasingly hands-on approach to search results, which has taken a sharp upturn since 2016, marks a shift from its founding philosophy of ‘organizing the world’s information’ to one that is far more active in deciding how that information should appear.

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