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Google News Search Bug: Non-News Content Showing In News

Google says a specific type of search is triggering a bug in its news search results. The bug won't be fixed before December 1.

Google News Search Bug: Non-News Content Showing In News

Google Search Liaison Danny Sullivan announced via Twitter that Google News is experiencing a bug and that the problem would not be fixed before December 1.

The issue that Google identified allowed non-news content to appear in the Google news search results.

Google’s News Tab Search Bug

The tweet stated that a user would have to go through a somewhat convoluted series of steps in order to produce the bug of non-news search results.

One would have to carry out a search in the Google News Search Tab, while doing it with quotation marks plus ordering the search results by date. That’s two extra steps beyond just plain old searching for news.

Searching by date actually requires two extra steps, which is to click the Tools button and then click the Sort By Date link. That’s something the average search user probably doesn’t know how to do.

Sullivan tweeted:

To test it out I did a search for [“wordpress vulnerability”] (with quotation marks) and then sorted the search results by date .

And it worked, Google failed to produce exclusively news results.

Google Search News Bug

We’ll update this story when the bug is resolved.

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