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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google allows users to report offensive autocomplete suggestions and Featured Snippets, will show more authoritative content for obscure and infrequent queries   —  Google knows it has a search quality problem.  It's been plagued since November with concerns about fake news …
Apr 25, 2017, 10:25 AMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google adds fact checking information to search results and Google News worldwide   —  Last October, Google launched support to highlight fact-checking articles within Google News in the US and the UK.  Now those articles will get special presentation as part of general Google searches worldwide.
Apr 7, 2017, 8:30 AMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
An in-depth look at recent challenges to Google's search reputation, from fake news sites in results, to disturbing answers from Google Home   —  The past few months have been bad for Google's search reputation.  Long considered the “gold standard” in search, Google has seen its search results questioned as never before.
Apr 5, 2017, 9:55 AMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google adds “Upsetting-Offensive” tag for its quality raters to use in flagging search results; Google engineer says “demonstrably inaccurate” info is a target   —  Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers.
Mar 14, 2017, 4:10 PMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags appeared in 30% of Super Bowl ads in 2017, down from a high of 57% in 2014; URLs were used in 41% of ads this year   —  From a high of 57% three years ago, hashtags are now in only about one-third of ads.  —  Hashtags were in 30% of Super Bowl 51 ads, down significantly from 45% last year.
Feb 7, 2017, 7:50 AMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google adds anchor button on AMP pages, to help readers see and share publishers' real URLs   —  As promised, Google is making a change to how it displays Accelerated Mobile Pages, so that users can easily view and share links that lead directly to publishers' sites rather than to Google's copy of the content.
Feb 6, 2017, 2:30 PMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google algorithm change appears to be moving Holocaust-denial and other controversial sites down in search results   —  Several days after Google put a search ranking change into place, the first page of results for “did the holocaust happen” now appears to be entirely free of denial sites.
Dec 25, 2016, 5:05 PMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Home's assistant outshines Amazon Echo's Alexa assistant as it can answer a variety of complex questions   —  Google has a winner with Google Home, for those who want a hands-free assistant that can answer a broad range of questions that come up during day-to-day activities in the house.
Nov 3, 2016, 9:30 AMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
ProPublica's report on Facebook's “ethnic affinity” ad targeting explored the potential for abuse, but was misleading and failed to show actual abuse   —  “Ethnic Affinity” targeting has been offered for nearly two years, has real benefits and is legal for many types of ads.
Oct 28, 2016, 9:20 PMIn context
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Allo: much like Google Hangouts except it doesn't send or receive messages using a phone number, and will likely be unsuccessful in messaging wars   —  Yet another messaging app from Google with little reason to expect it to be a success.  —  Hey!  Google has a new messaging app out today called Allo.
Sep 21, 2016, 11:05 PMIn context

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