Tuesday, May 01, 2012

New Spam Filter Needed: Anti Click-Baiting

Ever since a set of low-quality (yes, I'm talking about you, Arianna) and financially troubled online news enterprises decided that the best way to generate traffic was not by generating good content, but by generating catchy, often misleading, sometimes completely irrelevant headlines, the quality of news available through news aggregation sites has diminished. If news sites want to transform themselves into low-quality gossip columns, that's their business, but I hope the search engines find a way to filter for click-baiting headlines that, truly, are just another form of spam.

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