Did Google Drop The Meta News Keyword Tag?

Did Google Drop The Meta News Keyword Tag?

Google has dropped, and has silently dropped for a few months, the support for the news meta keywords tag. This tag was introduced to help news publishers back in 2012 to help Google understand news content. According to Google, it has stopped its support of this feature for some time now. Publishers can still keep these tags on their pages but it will no longer help for Google News anymore.
 
The drop of these tags comes to no surprise as Google stated that after the search engine announced the news meta keyword tag feature, only about 5 percent of publishers actually used it. While it may have helped publishers once, it will now be another ignored featured by Google just like the normal meta keyword tags.

Steven Kunevich
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