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Google displaying 084 and 087 numbers
Mar 7th, 2019 at 8:33am
I googled my local Post Office to check their opening hours. The right hand part of the results shows various useful details, as often happens witha google query. These included the long obsolete 0845 722 3344 PO Counters number.

Is there anything that can be done to stop this happening? Not as bad as the fraudulent premium rate call connection "services" but neither useful nor helpful.

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Re: Google displaying 084 and 087 numbers
Reply #1 - Mar 7th, 2019 at 10:33am
You will find that Google is very open to suggestions of alternative telephone numbers to show in its information boxes.
There is a thorough explanation of how this works (with some wise comment at the end) in this item from BBC Radio 4 You and Yours.

The whole basis of Google searches, as with much of what we use as "knowledge", is that information is provided on the basis of availability, not authority.
Any suggestions about how to change this fundamental aspect of how we live these days? Wink
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