Google updated that Quality policy Google Discover and has added five types of content that can be excluded from the recommendations.
Satirical content can create confusion for certain users who may believe it is real news.
Explore is the updating of the news feed, which displays a range of content automatically selected by the tool based on the user’s recent searches as well as other usability factors such as: B. the type of pages that will be bookmarked. At the same time it has some configurable filters by the user himself, with whom certain content, categories and topics are to be blocked so that they are no longer displayed.
The content that Discover displays can be a breaking news item, but it can also be a selection of “evergreen” content that doesn’t need to be current but that the user has not yet discovered. Because of this, it is an excellent tool for creators who want to gain visibility.
What has changed in Google Discover?
Google has updated its user help page, which includes the guides that explain how it will appear in Discover, as well as the tool’s own usage and quality guidelines.
In this regard, the update contains details on five new types of content which are excluded from the platform and are the following: job offers and requests, inquiries, forms, code repositories and satirical content.
Of the various types of excluded content, the satirical is the one that has caused the most doubts among users. This decision was made because when many users find this type of content, they cannot distinguish whether it is real or a satireThis can create problems, especially when it is taken into account that the common goals of this type of content are political as well as popular social trends.
Google believes that this type of content can be misunderstood and mistaken for real news, as many people tend to believe certain messages, especially from certain points of view or when it relates to characters or situations they are already prejudiced against .
Badly labeled content
If Google makes these policy changes, it will often fail to flag pages, and some non-compliant websites will lose traffic. On this occasion, it is very likely that many websites will be affected as “satirical content” is a very loose term that is sure to spawn what Google calls “False alarm”.
If you have a false positive, your best bet is to contact Google and report the bug. In this way, Google can improve the algorithm in the future.