Google Penalizing News Publishers With Manual Actions For Discover & Google News

Jan 31, 2022 - 7:21 am 2 by

Google News Discover Manual Actions

About a year ago, Google first introduced guidelines around manual actions for Google Discover and Google News. In the past week, I have seen numerous news publishers, both large and small, receive such manual actions. I believe this is the first time I have seen documented cases of news publishers receiving specific Google News and Google Discover manual actions.

These specific violations that were cited that I spotted this week include violations for:

  • News and Discover policy violation: Misleading content
  • News and Discover policy violation: Medical content
  • News and Discover policy violation: Manipulated media
  • and more...

Glenn Gabe shared some screenshots of these violations on Twitter for publishers who have reached out to him regarding these manual actions:

Here is a set of complaints on Twitter from another publisher:

Keep in mind, these manual actions to not impact web search, they should only impact Google Discover and Google News.

You can see a list of the manual actions for Google News and Discover over here.

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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