As Google released its new desktop user interface this week, it also brought in some changes that are matched with the mobile phone version in terms of its design. For example, ‘in the News’ box has been replaced with the ‘Top Stories’ box.
Google did not comment on any other changes, for example: No comments were made on changes in algorithms to which stories could be seen in the box; Google only informed that the main objective was to match the desktop version with the one of the mobile phones.
One of the business insiders announced that these changes were made in order to tackle fake news appearing on the behalf of the company. However, Google responded to this by saying that the work on this project had commenced many months prior to any disputes on ‘fake news’. So it seems that apart from little changes to the box before the launch of the new search interface for desktops there were no other reasons behind it according to Google. This change occurred due to the launch of the Google desktop user interface that was presented this week.
‘Rank Ranger’ which is a tracking tool that recognizes any changes in search on Google already detected these changes and this was posted on Twitter this morning. The graph below shows the decrease in the usage of the ‘In the News’ box.
A week or so ago, some guys reported that there were some changes to the algorithm of ‘top stories’ that showed more trustworthy sites than before. However, Google made no comments about this.