Tulsi Gabbard lost a lawsuit she filed against Google when U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson ruled Gabbard had no valid claim that Google violated the 1st Amendment because Google is a private company, not a governmental agency. Gabbard’s campaign was trying to argue Google should be considered a “state actor”, the equivalent of a government or government department and thus subject to the free speech protections guaranteed in the First Amendment.
“Google is not now, nor (to the Court’s knowledge) has it ever been, an arm of the United States government,” Wilson wrote. He dismissed the complaint with prejudice, which means it’s over. Gabbard can’t regroup and try another line of similar argument.
The suit was filed after Google temporarily suspended the Gabbard campaign’s advertising channels citing anti-fraud
protections rather than anti-speech initiatives. Google’s algorithmic systems detected weird activity and suspended her accounts for a few hours on June 28.
Google’s Daniel Waisberg stated in a new video that sites don’t necessarily need sitemaps unless they fall into one of three categories.
This information was provided in the latest episode of Google’s Search Console Training series on YouTube. The video focuses on the basics of how to use the sitemaps report in Search Console.
It’s probable that you’re already familiar with the sitemaps report in Search Console, and may even refer to it on a regular basis for sites you manage. So I’ll stick to covering some of the higher-level items from the video.
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