Google News founder, Bharat, returns to company

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 1 year ago

The man inspired by 9/11 to push Google to develop its own news aggregator is set to return.

Krishna Bharat, the inventor of Google News, will return to the company after four years. The news was confirmed by Google on Friday.

Bharat, who left Google after founding the news vertical, explained his inspiration at the time, saying he had pushed for the invention of a news aggregator after the events of 9/11/

“At Google we realized that our ability to display links to the freshest and most relevant news was limited by a fundamental problem: fresh news lacked hyperlinks,” he wrote in a blog post in 2011 after Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed. “I realized that if Google could compute how many news sources were covering the underlying story at a given point in time, we could then estimate how important the story was.”

It remains unclear how Bharat will influence Google News moving forward. Google News has faced criticism over the years due to its inclusion of suspect news sources, and the spreading of unconfirmed news stories.