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Rumble May Be Able To See Some Of Google’s Secret Ranking Algorithms

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Rumble May Be Able To See Some Of Google's Secret Ranking Algorithms

Glenn Greenwald reported that a “federal district court in California on Friday denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley giant is violating federal antitrust laws by preventing fair competition against its YouTube video platform.” This may result in Rumble being able to see parts of Google’s secret search ranking algorithm.

Greenwald said, “Rumble will have the right to obtain from Google a broad and sweeping range of information about its practices, including internal documents on Google’s algorithmic manipulation of its search engine and the onerous requirements it imposes on companies dependent upon its infrastructure to all but force customers to use YouTube.”

This ruling should enable Rumble to acquire and utilize extremely revealing documents about how Google exploits its algorithms to manipulate search results on its dominant search engine, as well the burdensome requirements it imposes on other companies dependent on Google’s infrastructure to ensure prominent promotion of YouTube,” Greenwald added.

Will it happen? I am sure Google will fight tooth and nail to prevent it but we will see.

Brett Tabke posted this at WebmasterWorld calling this a “extremely SEO significant legal decision.”

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Merchant Center No Longer Disapproves Listings For Missing Return/Refund Policy Or Insufficient Contact Information

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Google Merchant Center No Longer Disapproves Listings For Missing Return/Refund Policy Or Insufficient Contact Information

Google has updated its Google Merchant Center policy for free listings only specific to the “Insufficient contact information” or the “Missing return and refund policy.” Free listings will no longer be disapproved but instead, they may “have limited visibility on Google,” Google wrote.

Google posted that these “enforcement type has changed for the free listings policies. However, the policies themselves have not changed.” Google explained “Previously, Merchant Center accounts with the “Insufficient contact information” or the “Missing return and refund policy” issue were automatically disapproved. Now, free listings accounts with these issue statuses will remain active, but their products will have limited visibility on Google. This policy change applies to free listings only.”

Google added that the “Insufficient contact information” issue status means that customers can not find out how to contact you on your website in at least one way. Google provided examples of how they should be able to contact you on your website include, but are not limited to: a contact us form, a link to your business profile on social media, an email address, or a phone number. Business information, such as a physical store address and a verified phone number, must also be available in your Merchant Center account or your third-party platform (if applicable), Google wrote.

With the “Missing return and refund policy” issue status means that your website doesn’t have return and refund information. Your website must clearly state how you handle these actions, including all requirements and any timelines. If returns and refunds aren’t accepted, you will need to clearly state this on your website, Google added.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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