Google Updates The Options to Flag a Review
Joy Hawkins

My colleague Zach Mallett just noticed that Google updated their options for flagging a review inside the Google My Business dashboard.  This is what it looks like:

What’s Changed?

  1. The descriptions below each option weren’t there before.  This is new and extremely helpful as it makes it much easier for a business owner to see which option they should choose. It also gives greater insights into what types of reviews are actually against Google’s guidelines.
  2. Previously there was only one option called “hateful, violent, or innapropriate”.  This has been split up into 3 specific ones: Profanity, bullying or harassment, and discrimination and hate speech.
  3. The personal information option is new.
  4. They also have a new page that shows up after you select the violation type which clarifies that it takes 3 business days for Google to review the request.  This was something that a lot of people weren’t aware of previously so this messaging makes it much clearer.

To see an image of what it used to look like, check out the screenshot in this article by Whitespark:

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Joy is the owner of the Local Search Forum, LocalU, and Sterling Sky, a Local SEO agency in Canada & the USA. She has been working in the industry since 2006, writes for publications such as Search Engine Land, and enjoys speaking regularly at marketing conferences such as MozCon, LocalU, Pubcon, SearchLove, and State of Search. You can find her on Twitter or volunteering as a Product Expert on the Google My Business Forum.