Presenting news in helpful ways

Whether you’re checking in to see the top news of the day or looking to dive deeper on an issue, we aim to connect you with the information you’re seeking, in the places and formats that are right for you. To this end, Google provides three distinct but interconnected ways to find and experience the news across our products and devices: top news stories for everyone, personalized news for you, and additional context and perspectives.

Top news, for everyone

If you want to keep up with the news, you need to know what the important stories are at any point in time. With features such as Headlines in Google News and Breaking News on YouTube, we identify the major stories news sources are covering. This content is not personalized to individuals, but does vary depending on region and location settings.

How it works

Google’s technology analyzes news across the web to determine the top stories that will show to everyone with the same language settings in a given country, based primarily on what publishers are writing about. Once these stories are identified, algorithms then select which specific articles or videos to surface and link to for each story, based on factors such as the prominence and freshness of the article or video, and authoritativeness of the source.
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News personalized for you

Several Google news experiences show results that are personalized for you. These include Discover, For you in Google News, and the Latest tab of the YouTube app on TVs. Our aim is to help you stay informed about the subjects that matter to you, including your interests and local community.

How it works

Google relies on two main ways to determine what news may be interesting to you. In the experiences mentioned above, you can specify the topics, locations, and publications you’re interested in, and you’ll be shown news results that relate to these selections. Additionally, depending on your account settings, our algorithms may suggest content based on your past activity on Google products.

Algorithms rank articles based on factors like relevance to your interests, prominence and freshness of the article, and authoritativeness of the source. Google’s news algorithms do not attempt to personalize results based on the political beliefs or demographics of news sources or readers.

You can control what account activity is used to customize your news experiences, including adjusting what data is saved to your Google account, at myaccount.google.com. In some Google products, such as Google News and Discover, you can also follow topics of interest, follow or hide specific publishers, or tell us when you want to see similar articles more or less frequently.

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Deep context and diverse perspectives

A central goal of Google’s news experiences is to provide access to context and diverse perspectives for stories in the news. By featuring unpersonalized news from a broad range of sources, Google empowers people to deepen their understanding of current events and offers an alternative to exclusively personalized news feeds and individual sources that might only represent a single perspective.

Search experiences

When you search for something on Google, you have access to information and perspectives from a broad range of publishers from across the web. If you search for a topic that’s in the news, your results may include some news articles labeled “Top stories” at the top of your results, featuring articles related to your search and a link to more related articles on the News tab. You can also search for news stories and see context and multiple perspectives in the results on news.google.com, news on the Assistant, and the within the “Top News” section of search results on YouTube. These results are not personalized.

Our algorithms surface and organize specific stories and articles based on factors like relevance to your query, prominence and freshness of the article, and authoritativeness of the publisher. You can always refine your search terms to find additional information.

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In-product experiences

In some news experiences, such as “Full coverage” in Google News, we show related articles from a variety of publishers alongside a given article. These results are not personalized. In providing additional context on a story, we sometimes surface videos, timelines, fact check articles, and other types of content. Algorithms determine which articles to show, and in which order, based on a variety of signals such as authoritativeness, relevance, and freshness.
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