How to make sure your debunk of a fake news story doesn’t help the fake story’s Google ranking

If your story debunking a fake viral news story includes a link to the fake story, you might actually be helping the fake story’s Google ranking. Aviv Ovadya explains that links on the Internet to a page from another website act as “votes” for search engines, so a few news organizations linking to a fake news story can make that fake story appear higher in Google results. But, including a “nofollow” attribute in your link to the fake news story can prevent search engines from counting your link as a “vote.”