Presearch and WordProof Partner to Provide Blockchain Verifiable Context to Search Results
Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with WordProof to bring timestamped search results to Presearch. As the first search engine in the world to integrate WordProof’s universal blockchain-based timestamping system, Presearch will soon be able to show you when information was last edited or updated. We believe this will go a long way toward improving trust and transparency on the web.
Google accounts for the vast majority of searches worldwide, and acts as a filter that delivers results based on biases and algorithms that don’t always serve your best interest. As confidence in the internet declines due to fraud, fake news, and privacy concerns, Presearch continues to provide an alternative to ‘Big Tech’ and represents the interests of the community.
Last year, WordProof received a grant from Block.one and €1 million from the European Commission as the winner of its ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ contest. The project has since grown its service to help consumers and search engines verify the source of content, as well as see when it was last changed or updated. WordProof uses blockchain technology to help people verify the origin of the content they see online.
By integrating WordProof, we’re able to facilitate more transparent, informative search results on Presearch to our 2 million+ registered users. We also hope to lead by example in showing other search engine providers that there’s a better way.
We plan to complete the WordProof integration soon, and we’ll be updating the community along the way. If you have any questions or want to stay up to date, please join our Telegram community here.
Note from Colin — May 6th, 2021
I just wanted to clarify that this is not intended to be a ranking factor or capable of censoring news in any way. That is simply not anything we would consider, nor is it possible with this implementation.
Instead, it is a tool for searchers to provide them with additional transparency around their search results (blockchain verifiable timestamps) that they can use to decide whether the content of a search result they are looking at is consistent or otherwise how it is changing over time.
We remain dedicated to providing choice and tools to searchers to help them find the information they want.
When the original post and press release went out about the partnership, it talked about fighting misinformation and “fake news”, which in hindsight turned out to be a poor word choice to describe the feature and sparked numerous questions about its purpose. In hindsight, using a term like “transparency” or “blockchain verifiable context” would have been much less polarizing and a much better description of the feature.
We’ve updated our ‘fake news’ headline and graphic to reflect this more accurate description, which should hopefully remove any unintended confusion around the original post.
Sorry for any confusion around the messaging here, and thanks as always your understanding and support. We are excited to continue integrating enhancements like this that can provide searchers with more information and useful context around their search results.