June 18, 2021

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The Google Question Answer section has officially been dropped,

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Google has verified with Search Engine Land that they are wrapping away with the Google Question Answer search feature. This was launched initially in India and the searchers were told that their question and response will no longer be available on the Google platform.

What was the Google Question Answer section?

Google Question Answer

A Google spokesperson stated that this does not impact the Google Question Hub feature, but this does impact simply the ability of users to contribute answers in Google Search when people submitted questions. Google Question Hub is a portal for publishers to see questions submitted by searchers and provide answers for those questions by creating new webpages answering those questions.

What is going away is the ability for users in Google search to contribute answers directly to those questions but Question Hub is not going away. The Google Question Answer was typically used by Indian searchers.

The notice. @ujeshkrishnan shared a screenshot of the notice he received from Google about this going away, here is that screenshot:

Impacting India. Google also clarified that this feature was only available in India for a select set of topics. Again, this is not impacting the overall Question Hub feature according to Google. Google said that users who submitted answers were notified so they can download their contributions via Google Takeout.

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