Google Dropping Anonymous Local Reviews?

May 29, 2018 - 7:32 am 4 by
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Google Maps and Local might be removing anonymous reviews, sometimes shown as reviews by a Googler Users, from the local reviews on local business profiles. They are no longer making up the star ratings in the Google local knowledge panel and now some are saying the reviews are no longer even showing up at all when you click through to read all reviews.

On May 24th, they seemed to disappear or not be counted in terms of the overall review stars:

Then this weekend, some are saying the reviews are gone completely:

I am not sure if these are isolated incidents, as I don't track my local reviews closely but these are from locla SEO experts that are on top of these things.

Did you notice your Google local reviews have changed?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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