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Google drops support for meta news keywords tag

Google has dropped its support for the news meta keywords tag. Google introduced the new meta keywords tag specifically for news publishers back in 2012 and quietly stopped supporting it months ago. Google did not announce this change, so publishers, like us at Search Engine Land, have continued to use it. Using the news meta …

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Google accidentally removes news publishers from Google News

Google has accidentally removed a number of news publishers from Google News over the past few days. Many news publishers were found complaining in the Google News forums. Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that this was accidental. We do expect those publishers to be reinstated into Google News by the end of the …

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European press agencies push for licensing fees for their content from Google, Facebook

Google has faced off several times against European news publishers and governments in Germany and Spain, seeking to get the company to pay copyright fees for the indexing of news content. Google has largely prevailed in these instances. However, that hasn’t deterred publishers from continuing to make the case that the US internet giants should …

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Google Trends now shows data for YouTube search, Google Shopping, News search & Image search

Google is adding new filters to its trends data, making it possible to see search trends beyond web search. Now, you can find real-time search trends on specific search terms within YouTube, News and Image searches, along with Google Shopping. “We’re opening up more data to show what people in the world are looking for, …

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Google tries to bring more transparency to news content with help from The Trust Project

Machines got us into this mess, but humans may help get us out of it. In the wake of the 2016 election and the ongoing manipulation of news by foreign governments and domestic trolls, Google, Facebook and Twitter have endured intensifying criticism and had to face the limitations of their algorithms as arbiters of truth. …

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Google News adds new referral URL source that publishers should begin tracking

Google has quietly announced in its Google News forum that they have added a new URL referrer source that news publishers should begin tracking to get a “comprehensive view of traffic from Google News.” In addition to tracking referrals from news.google.com, publishers should also track referrals from news.url.google.com. The change seems to be connected to the new …

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Google adds new knowledge panel to provide information about news publishers

Google announced a new knowledge graph card for news publishers in which searchers can learn more about a specific news publication directly in the search results. Google said this will help searchers learn about “a publication you’re not familiar with or one you wanted to learn more about”. The knowledge panels also give searchers faster …

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Google promises to improve accuracy of tweets shown in search results

After news about the Texas church shooter came out, many searchers went to Google to learn more about the shooter. What they found when searching the shooter’s name in Google Sunday night, and for a period of time afterward, was highlighted tweets from Google’s Twitter partnership that showed misinformation. Last night, Google issued a statement …

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Google News to deprecate old RSS feed URLs on December 1, 2017

Google News will be deprecating their old RSS feed subscription URLs by December 1, 2017. That means if you have Google News RSS feed subscriptions from a year or so ago, you will need to go through all those subscriptions and update them. A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land, “We are making some necessary …

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Google announces new Poynter partnership to train more news fact checkers globally

So-called fake news and the exploitation of Google, Facebook and Twitter for the promotion of false narratives during the 2016 presidential election have given these companies a black eye. All of them have now taken corrective measures, including deploying fact-checking mechanisms to identify false claims. Adding to those efforts, this morning Google is announcing a …

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