Google Launches Bulletin, New App Allowing Anyone to Submit Local News Stories


Google just launched Bulletin, a service that aims to let people share news stories that might have gone under the mainstream media’s radar. But while Bulletin is designed to help personalize the Google News experience, it could be a risky move for a company already fighting the “fake news” battle.

Google’s new Bulletin service allows any user with a smartphone and the application to publish text accompanied by tags, images, and video “without having to create a blog or build a website.”

The stories published through the application come up on Google search and can be shared just like any other link. It’s similar to the neighborhood social network Nextdoor, except without the vetting process, since Google wants to limit the setup process.

“With Bulletin you can contribute to local stories and be the voice of your community!” the website reads.

Interestingly, the app is available only in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oakland, California, right now. And people must request early access, according to the site.

One Reddit user responded to the Bulletin Google post showcasing hers as an example:

Here’s what a Reddit user’s “Bulletin” looks like.
Google Bulletin

In the past year Google has come under a lot of scrutiny for spreading misinformation by pushing fake-news stories to the top of its search algorithm.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Prachi Bhardwaj