In an announcement by Google’s Lisa Wang from the News team, some features are being deprecated with the recent update to Google News.

It was reported that the standout and original source tags and Editors’ Picks will be going away a few weeks ago.  Even a news crawl error tool in Google Search Console and the ability for publishers to highlight mobile apps in Google News Publisher Center is going to face removal.

“Our goal is to engage the publisher community with features that bring substantial value to both our publishers and our users.  Some of the underlying ideas for these deprecated features may show up in new ways in the future,” wrote Wang.

The News crawl errors tool has a section for Google News publishers with news-only errors, including the following errors:

  • Article disproportionately short.
  • Article fragmented.
  • Article too long.
  • Article too short.
  • Date not found.
  • Date too old.
  • Empty article.
  • Extraction failed.
  • No sentences found.
  • Off-site redirect.
  • Page too large.
  • Title not allowed.
  • Title not found.
  • Uncompression failed.
  • Unsupported content type.

 found some of these errors that showed up as recent as June 5.  This means, that as of that time, it was not deprecated yet.

Source – Search Engine Land

The ability to highlight mobile apps in Google News Publisher Center, which includes a small subset of functional features for publishers, is going away, according to Google.

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