By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
You may have seen posts popping up on your social media accounts warning you that the stimulus payment from the federal government will have to be paid back.
Like many unattributed social media posts, what you read may not be true.
But the two governmental agencies in charge of the coronavirus stimulus payment distribution said that is false.
The U.S Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service told the AP that the money will not have to be paid back on next year’s taxes.
The Treasury said in an emailed statement to the AP, “This is not an advance and there is absolutely no obligation to pay it back.”
Some of the confusion can apparently be attributed to the wording from the bill that greenlit the spending package where it was called an “advance refund” but that means it is because the money is being distributed before tax returns would be filed for the 2020 tax year, the AP reported.
Tax forms for next year haven’t been printed, and the IRS said the stimulus package won’t have any impact on income deductions for 2020, the AP reported.
Google’s Product Reviews update was announced to be rolling out to the English language. No mention was made as to if or when it would roll out to other languages. Mueller answered a question as to whether it is rolling out to other languages.
Google December 2021 Product Reviews Update
On December 1, 2021, Google announced on Twitter that a Product Review update would be rolling out that would focus on English language web pages.
Our December 2021 product reviews update is now rolling out for English-language pages. It will take about three weeks to complete. We have also extended our advice for product review creators: https://t.co/N4rjJWoaqE
The focus of the update was for improving the quality of reviews shown in Google search, specifically targeting review sites.
A Googler tweeted a description of the kinds of sites that would be targeted for demotion in the search rankings:
“Mainly relevant to sites that post articles reviewing products.
Think of sites like “best TVs under $200″.com.
Goal is to improve the quality and usefulness of reviews we show users.”
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Google also published a blog post with more guidance on the product review update that introduced two new best practices that Google’s algorithm would be looking for.
The first best practice was a requirement of evidence that a product was actually handled and reviewed.
The second best practice was to provide links to more than one place that a user could purchase the product.
The Twitter announcement stated that it was rolling out to English language websites. The blog post did not mention what languages it was rolling out to nor did the blog post specify that the product review update was limited to the English language.
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The person asking the question was rightly under the impression that the product review update only affected English language search results.