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Daily Search Forum Recap: December 29, 2020

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Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google: Passage Indexing Won’t Look Different From Normal Search Result Snippets

    Since Google announced passage indexing (ranking) many assumed they would look different in the search results. But no, they won’t look any different according to Danny Sullivan of Google. Danny told me on Twitter that passage indexing “doesn’t change the look of results.”

  • Google: Nosnippet Tag Won’t Prevent Passage Indexing From Ranking

    Google’s Danny Sullivan has said that using the nosnippet tag won’t prevent your pages or passages from your pages from being ranked in Google Search. Danny Sullivan said on Twitter “you can’t use it to block parts of a page from being indexed for ranking.”

  • Google Search Console Issue Validation May Be Working

    A couple of weeks ago we reported that Google Search Console said “issue validation is temporarily disabled due to upcoming changes in the report.” Well, it might be working for some folks, even back when I first reported it. Note – the message is still posted in the coverage report section but submitting the “validate fix” command may end up working.

  • Google Knowledge Panel Types Option Leads To Featured Snippets

    Mordy Oberstein spotted a feature, that may or may not be new, where Google is showing a “types” filter in the knowledge panel that ultimately loads featured snippets below it. I can replicate it but here is a video cast of it in action from Mordy on Twitter:

  • Google Search Console Team Breaks Down Structure & Development

    In the last Google Search Console training video series of the year, Daniel Waisberg of Google brought in a special guest, the Engineering lead for Search Console – Hillel Maoz. In this video they discuss a bit of what happens behind the scenes.

  • Happy Holidays From Peter The Greeter Of Google

    Here is the smiliest Googler, Peter the Greeter, who has for a couple of years camped outside Google welcoming/greeting folks to the GooglePlex, Google’s Mountain View office. Here he is with an old

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Facebook fighting against disinformation: Launch new options

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Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has dismantled new malicious networks that used vaccine debates to harass professionals or sow division in some countries, a sign that disinformation about the pandemic, spread for political ends, is on the wane not.

“They insulted doctors, journalists and elected officials, calling them supporters of the Nazis because they were promoting vaccines against the Covid, ensuring that compulsory vaccination would lead to a dictatorship of health,” explained Mike Dvilyanski, director investigations into emerging threats, at a press conference on Wednesday.

He was referring to a network linked to an anti-vaccination movement called “V_V”, which the Californian group accuses of having carried out a campaign of intimidation and mass harassment in Italy and France, against health figures, media and politics.

The authors of this operation coordinated in particular via the Telegram messaging system, where the volunteers had access to lists of people to target and to “training” to avoid automatic detection by Facebook.

Their tactics included leaving comments under victims’ messages rather than posting content, and using slightly changed spellings like “vaxcinati” instead of “vaccinati”, meaning “people vaccinated” in Italian.

The social media giant said it was difficult to assess the reach and impact of the campaign, which took place across different platforms.

This is a “psychological war” against people in favor of vaccines, according to Graphika, a company specializing in the analysis of social networks, which published Wednesday a report on the movement “V_V”, whose name comes from the Italian verb “vivere” (“to live”).

“We have observed what appears to be a sprawling populist movement that combines existing conspiratorial theories with anti-authoritarian narratives, and a torrent of health disinformation,” experts detail.

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They estimate that “V_V” brings together some 20,000 supporters, some of whom have taken part in acts of vandalism against hospitals and operations to interfere with vaccinations, by making medical appointments without honoring them, for example.

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Change on Facebook

Facebook announces news that will facilitate your sales and purchases on the social network.

Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, announced that the parent company would now be called Meta, to better represent all of its activities, from social networks to virtual reality, but the names of the different services will remain unchanged. A month later, Meta is already announcing news for the social network.

The first is the launch of online stores in Facebook groups. A “Shop” tab will appear and will allow members to buy products directly through the group in question.

Other features have been communicated with the aim of facilitating e-commerce within the social network, such as the display of recommendations and a better mention of products or even Live Shopping. At this time, no date has been announced regarding the launch of these new options.

In the light of recent features, the company wants to know the feedback from its users through the survey same like what Tesco doing to get its customers feedback via Tesco Views Survey. However, the company is still about this feedback will announce sooner than later in this regard.

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