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Google changes the eligibility for fact-rich results

Google changes eligibility for actual control-rich results

Google updated ClaimReview Structured Data to limit the number of fact checks on a page. This is a major change that could disable thousands of pages into a fact check result.

ClaimReview Fact Check Check Rich Result

ClaimReview Schema.org -structed data is added to web pages that actually control claims made on another site or in a video.

The use is intended for pages that fact-check claims of claims.

The official Schema.org specification for ClaimReview structured data types is:

“A fact-checking review of claims made (or reported) in any creative work (referred to via itemReviewed).”

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Use of ClaimReview -structed data may qualify a webpage to appear as a rich result in Google, typically as a summary of the review.

What changed in ClaimReview Structured Data

The part that changed in the technical guidelines for structured data in ClaimReview.

Google allowed previous publishers to have multiple fact checks on a single page. This means that a web page can contain several fact checks on different topics on a single page.

This is the previous guide that was removed from Google’s fact check by structured data developers:

“A single page can host multiple ClaimReview elements, each for a separate claim.”

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This is the current guide:

“To be eligible for a single fact-check-comprehensive result, a page must have only one ClaimReview element. If you add more ClaimReview elements per Page, the page is not entitled to a single fact check. “

Mandating a single ClaimReview topic per. Page is a significant change that will affect all web pages that contain multiple fact checks and associated structured data on a single web page.

Exemption from the single-fact check rule

There is an exception to the rule. Google allows a webpage to host multiple fact checks on the same topic from different reviewers on a single page.

This rule existed in the old version of Google’s Guide and remains unchanged.

“If different reviewers on the page check the same, you can include a separate ClaimReview element for each reviewer’s analysis.”

Failure to follow the instructions may result in loss of rich results

Rich Results enables a web page to get an improved listing in Google’s search results and gain a potential advantage over competitors in terms of receiving more search-related traffic.

Google’s new guide states that a page must have a single ClaimReview structured data item per page. Page, except when multiple reviewers are actually checking the same topic.

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This means that sites that actually control multiple claims may be eligible for a comprehensive result.

Google’s change logon for this change states:

Removed guidance on hosting multiple fact checks per Page.

To be eligible for a single fact-check-comprehensive result, a page must have only one ClaimReview element. ”

Publishers using ClaimReview structured data may find it reasonable to review their implementation of structured data to ensure that they comply with Google’s new guidelines.

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Google’s developer page for structured data fact checking

Schema.org ClaimReview structured data

Archive.org Snapshot of earlier version of Google ClaimReview Technical Guidelines

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Google Search Central Documentation Changelog

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