Indian-origin creator of Google News returns home to the company

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The creator of Google News, Krishna Bharat, returned last month to the tech giant as a distinguished research scientist after four years away to work on News and Search, Google has confirmed, according to published reports.


Bharat, who grew up in Bengaluru, previously worked at Google for 15 years, from 1999 to 2015, and led the effort to create Google News in the aftermath of 9/11, according to reports. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, was also the founder and first director of Google’s research and devilment branch in his Bangalore.


Bharat’s return comes two years after he openly criticized Google News, calling it “shameful and irresponsible” in the aftermath of the October 2017 Las Vegas massacre when Google surfaced threads on image-based online bulletin board 4Chan that identified the wrong person as the shooter, CNBC reported.


Bharat left the search giant in 2015 to become a founding advisor for a machine learning software company called Laserlike. Apple reportedly acquired Laserlike earlier this year, CNBC reported. While at Google previously, Bharat worked as a distinguished research scientist on web search and information extraction.


In 2011 Bharat wrote in a blog post after Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed, CNBC reported.


“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,” Bharat wrote, according to CNBC. “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.”


Bharat has also been serving on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Journalism School and John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.


He also received a Ph.D. at Georgia Tech.

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