If you haven’t switched your site over to https, you’re going to want to start. Google just sent out word that starting October, Google Chrome will be sending out security warnings that flag non-https sites, if the site has a text input field but it isn’t delivered over a secure network.
The e-mail went out recently, where they indicated that pages that have text inputs on a standard http setup will flag the page as “not secure”. The e-mail reads…
“Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.“
The e-mail included a few examples of pages with text input fields that Google deemed unsafe.
The URLs include:
This flag comes from the option to share content via e-mail. So if your site is standard http and you have an option to share via e-mail, Google Chrome could end up flagging your site (and every page) as “not secure”.
Typically an https setup is used for sites that require secure purchases, inputs for personal information, or storing user data.
Most media news delivery sites aren’t on secure setups since they aren’t selling products or collecting user information to deliver goods. Websites that do offer such services are on https setups. Many sites avoid using https due to the hassle of indexing, dealing with certificates, and the risk of losing page rank due to the backend configurations required to re-index all the site’s pages.
Some people fear this may be part of Google’s way to lower the page rank of sites that don’t adopt to their content policy standards, while others simply see it as the net becoming more secure.
Google was recently on the receiving end of a lot of criticism from content creators on YouTube for what some perceived as a Youtube “blacklist”.
A Google document has been floating around containing what people perceive as the keywords that the YouTube algorithm uses in order to flag a collection of videos that may result in the entire account being blacklisted. The document contains keywords such as “Louder with Crowder”, certain phrases that contain “SJW”, any phrase that includes “Sargon of Akkad”, phrases such as “alt right”, “christian”, “undoomed”, “antifa is fascist” or any variation of “antifa”, various phrases that include “cuck”, and anything using the keyword “controversial”.
The list was put together after countless YouTubers reported having lots of (or all) of their videos demonetized after August 8th, 2017, which was part of Google’s new initiative to fight “extremist” content through their new Limited State content policy for YouTube.
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