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I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week

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I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week snafubar 11/6/11 8:38 AM
No sense hiding the truth, I hate Fox News as much as they hate me (being in the groups they frequently deride as "destroying the country"). I dont' want to know anything from Fox, for I trust them as far as I can throw them and, like lead, they're heavy, dull, and poisionous . Fox News turns my friends and family into zombies who think I'm evil, and worse still claim that I don't know the "truth". Consider this to be advice from a therapist, if I want to be less rabid, I must stay away from things that make me so. And thus, I used the slider that Google provides on a particular news source to see it "less often", and I slid it all the way to the left to indicate "NEVER". I'm signed in now, so Google should know who I am and what my preferences are, and yet this week I saw Fox News under "Editors Picks" more times than my stomach can stomach. So what is the story? Do I really get to choose the frequency of the headlines in Google news by using their "sources" slider, or is it all made moot because Google's invisible editors "pick" it despite my revoltion to it?
Re: I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week Craig Z. 11/7/11 8:55 AM
Hi snafubar,

Google News uses a variety of factors to determine which stories and sources will appear on each part of your personal news feed, including your settings and news-viewing behavior. That being said, to ensure that a particular site's Editors' Picks feed won't show up for you, a combination of moving the slider to the "Never" option for that source, and moving up the slider settings for sources you do prefer works best. Since only 10 sources will appear on your Editors' Picks feed at any given time, choosing more sources that you specifically want to see there means that there is that much less chance that sources you do not want to see will come up.

Cheers,

Craig
Re: I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week ZAPPPEDZAP 5/9/12 3:11 PM

That does not seem to be true, Craig.  I just scrolled through the Editors' Picks and confirmed I had more than 10 sources set to "Sometimes" or "Often".  The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are set to never but still show up more often than other sources that are set to "Sometimes" or "Often".  The lack of information leads me to believe this "feature" is working as designed but no real people have been told how it "really" works.  To me, "Never" literally means NEVER.  I suggest Google fix this by removing the "Never" option that doesn't work which will then clear up any confusion on the definition of "Never".

Re: I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week shinjirarenaiGOOG 5/17/12 4:12 AM
Same problem. The suggested solution does not work for me unless I am supposed to pick 10 sources as always or something. Will have to redefine the word "never" as quite often or regularly.
Re: I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week Randal Oulton 12/17/12 7:49 AM
Same here. NEVER does not work, can confirm that. I have online subscriptions to some papers but of course no one can afford every single paper. There's no point in me seeing what's behind paywalls that I don't subscribe to, so have set those to NEVER but it's buggy, still shows them despite all the above advice (and other advice I've tried.)
Re: I set the slider to "never" for news source "Fox News". The "Editor's Picks" picked it five times of nine this week differencetone 1/14/13 3:00 PM
Same here. I set Fox News to "never" and for a while I did not see it but now it is back again. Never should mean never! It should not matter what the other settings are at either. I never want to see FOX NEWS. Furthermore I don't know why Fox News is so prominent normally in Google News.