Google Announces A Search Bug in News Tab

Google has announced a bug in their search bar that allowed users to see recent headlines from certain news sources. The company says they were able to fix the issue and no longer show such results as part of this glitch, but it is still unclear if future bugs like these will crop up again.

The “google lens” is a new feature that Google has just announced. It will allow people to search for things by taking pictures of them.

On Monday, November 29, 2021, Google SearchLiaison revealed through Twitter that Google News had a glitch and that it would not be rectified until Tuesday, or perhaps after December 1st.

Google discovered a bug that enabled non-news items to seep into Google news search results.

Google Announces a Bug in the News Tab Search

In order to generate the bleed-through of non-news search results, a user would have to go through a relatively confusing set of actions, according to the tweet.

It would be necessary to do a search on the Google News Search Tab, using quote marks and organizing the search results by date, which is two steps more than just looking for news.

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To search by date, you must first click the Tools option, then choose Sort By Date from the drop-down menu. That’s probably not something the ordinary searcher knows how to perform.

Google SearchLiaison posted on Twitter:

“We discovered an issue in which searching with quotations in the news tab and sorting by date returned stuff from all across the internet, not only news-related content.” We’ll be issuing a patch for this tomorrow, so it should be fixed by the 1st of December or within a few days.”

We discovered an issue in which searching with quotations in the news tab and sorting by date returned stuff from all across the internet, not only news-related content. We’ll be publishing a patch for this tomorrow, so it should be fixed by the 1st of December or within a few days.

November 29, 2021 — Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison)

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I conducted a search for “wordpress vulnerability” (with quotation marks) and then sorted the results by date to see whether it worked.

And it worked; Google was unable to deliver just news-related results.

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