Why You Can’t Always Trust Google’s Top Featured Answers

When you type a question into Google Search, you’ll often get a complete answer right at the top of the page. These featured answers can be a great time-saver, but they can also be dead wrong.

Why would Google be giving you incorrect information front and center? Well, the video above from the Vox YouTube channel spills the beans. These short bits of information at the top of a Google search page, known as “featured snippets,” are considered to be “rich answers,” or answers that are given special priority beyond the usual results you’ll find below it. Basically, rich answers give you the desired information without you having to click on any links. Or if you have a Google Home, those rich answer snippets are usually what you get when you ask the personal assistant device a question.