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Google Changes Eligibility for Fact Check Rich Results

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Google’s Rich Results eligibility has changed

As part of an update to ClaimReview Structured Data, Google has limited the number of facts checks per page, this is a new experimental method. Thousands of pages could lose eligibility for fact-check rich results due to this change.

ClaimReview Schema.org structured data is added to web pages that fact-check claims made on other websites or videos. This is intended for pages that conduct fact-checking on claims made by others.

According to Schema.org, ClaimReview is a structured data type that is: “A fact-checking review of claims made (or reported) in some creative work (referenced via item reviewed).”

ClaimReview Schema.org structured data is added to web pages that fact-check claims made on other websites or videos. This is intended for pages that conduct fact-checking on claims made by others.

According to Schema.org, ClaimReview is a structured data type that is: “A fact-checking review of claims made (or reported) in some creative work (referenced via item reviewed).”

The Past and Present of ClaimReview Structured Data:

The part of the Technical Guidelines for ClaimReview structured data that changed. Previously, Google allowed publishers to have multiple fact checks on a single page. On a single web page, you could find multiple fact checks on different topics.

“A single page can host multiple ClaimReview elements, each for a separate claim.” This is the current guidance: “To be eligible for the single fact check rich result, a page must only have one ClaimReview element. If you add multiple ClaimReview elements per page, the page won’t be eligible for the single fact check rich result.”

Having 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 page.

However, there is one exception to the rule. On a single web page, Google allows multiple fact checks from different reviewers about the same topic.

This rule was in the old version of Google’s guidance and remains unchanged. “If different reviewers on the page check the same fact, you can include a separate ClaimReview element for each reviewer’s analysis.”

Loss of Rich Results:

Rich Results allow a web page to appear at the top of Google’s search results, giving it a competitive advantage over its competitors. According to Google’s guidelines, a page must have a single ClaimReview structured data element, except when multiple reviewers fact-check the same topic.

Thus, pages that fact-check multiple claims may not qualify for a rich result. Google’s changelog notes this change: “Removed guidance about hosting multiple fact-checks per page. For a page to qualify for the fact check rich result, it must contain only one ClaimReview element.”

Publishers that use ClaimReview structured data may wish to review their implementation to ensure it complies with Google’s new guidelines.

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