GREENBRIER, TN (WSMV) – A Greenbrier police officer has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following a post on social media.
News4 Investigates uncovered posts made on Cory Tidwell’s Facebook page that some readers found offensive to minorities after the death of a black man in Minneapolis after a police officer is seen kneeling on the man’s neck. Four Minneapolis police officers were fired for their role in the incident.
The City of Greenbrier placed Tidwell on leave on Wednesday after learning from News4 Investigates about the post.
“It was just really offensive coming from someone who’s supposed to be serving and protecting the community,” said Chris Myers in Eastern Kentucky who read the post. Myers then reached out to News4 Investigates, suggesting we look at Tidwell’s Facebook page.
“This morning, the City of Greenbrier became aware of a situation involving a social media page that appeared to belong to one of our police officers. We are currently investigating the situation,” Greenbrier City Manager Rachel Slusser said in an email to News4. “We can ensure that any employee making racist, sexist, or derogatory remarks of any kind will not be tolerated.”
Slusser said Tidwell has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Tidwell has made it clear on his Facebook page that he’s a Greenbrier police officer, and he also makes his political opinion known.
Some of his posts offending readers, including memes of Michelle Obama that had to be blurred, and others accusing African-Americans and minorities of committing crimes.
A post he recently made that caught of attention of people in other states when a fellow officer posted the picture of an officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck in which he could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe.
Tidwell posted, “If he was begging … he was blank breathing … same old blank over and over and over.”
News4 Investigates has reached out to Tidwell by phone, through Facebook and email and have not heard back from him.
Google December Product Reviews Update Affects More Than English Language Sites? via @sejournal, @martinibuster
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
— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) December 1, 2021
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.
Google’s Mueller Thinking About Product Reviews Update
Product Review Update Targets More Languages?
The person asking the question was rightly under the impression that the product review update only affected English language search results.
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But he asserted that he was seeing search volatility in the German language that appears to be related to Google’s December 2021 Product Review Update.
This is his question:
“I was seeing some movements in German search as well.
So I was wondering if there could also be an effect on websites in other languages by this product reviews update… because we had lots of movement and volatility in the last weeks.
…My question is, is it possible that the product reviews update affects other sites as well?”
John Mueller answered:
“I don’t know… like other languages?
My assumption was this was global and and across all languages.
But I don’t know what we announced in the blog post specifically.
But usually we try to push the engineering team to make a decision on that so that we can document it properly in the blog post.
I don’t know if that happened with the product reviews update. I don’t recall the complete blog post.
But it’s… from my point of view it seems like something that we could be doing in multiple languages and wouldn’t be tied to English.
And even if it were English initially, it feels like something that is relevant across the board, and we should try to find ways to roll that out to other languages over time as well.
So I’m not particularly surprised that you see changes in Germany.
But I also don’t know what we actually announced with regards to the locations and languages that are involved.”
Does Product Reviews Update Affect More Languages?
While the tweeted announcement specified that the product reviews update was limited to the English language the official blog post did not mention any such limitations.
Google’s John Mueller offered his opinion that the product reviews update is something that Google could do in multiple languages.
One must wonder if the tweet was meant to communicate that the update was rolling out first in English and subsequently to other languages.
It’s unclear if the product reviews update was rolled out globally to more languages. Hopefully Google will clarify this soon.
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