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By LTC Steven Howard, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Google just released a free Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection platform called Project Shield in an attempt to protect news sites from attack. The company is now accepting applications from individual journalists, select political groups and news organizations.
Google’s service routes all website traffic, both good and bad, through its infrastructure in a service called “reverse proxy,” which is intended to filter out harmful traffic. In a blog post describing the new service, Google states, “Some Project Shield users see better website performance because of Project Shield’s caching features.”
Facebook Adds New Programs to Combat Fake News Sources
Facebook has also recently implemented several programs to better protect the democratic process. Among them, Facebook now tells its users if a news source is reputable in an effort to combat the fake news epidemic that swept through its platform during the 2016 election cycle.