Google often generates an “editorial summary” on the top of listings, a short two sentence description of what the business can offer a customer. This summary pulls from reviews, the business’s website, and the business’s own owner description to try to succinctly explain the organization. It’s essentially written by AI. While these summaries are often mediocre, Google attributes that to their short length and expects users to find full information in the owner-provided descriptions. Google is however attempting to automate these descriptions as well, by offering AI-generated suggestions for that information.
For some users, when they attempt to edit their Google Business Profiles, Google is showing owners a potential AI-powered business description. This is proving useful for some, but Google presents these suggested descriptions as a “creative writing aid”. Google insists that business owners review these descriptions for accuracy, as AI is known to sometimes generate non-factual information. Google listed the following tips for users intending to use the AI tool.
Along with this new AI tool that Google’s provided themselves, Google posted an update against the use of AI tools in merchant center reviews. The new “Automated Content” section reads: “We don’t allow reviews that are primarily generated by an automated program or artificial intelligence application. If you have identified such content, it should be marked as spam.”
The lack of confidence in AI’s ability to provide honest and factual information within reviews further cements Google’s stance on the topic. AI is only intended to act as a potentially helpful tool and not a replacement for creative human work. While AI could in theory provide all the content that short sections of writing might need, users ought to utilize AI as one would a thesaurus, trying to find the verbiage that compliments their preexisting writing, and not trying to replace their own writing entirely.