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Why has the "popular times" information been removed from some businesses? The information was there before, but disappeared several months ago. The businesses are adult book stores. Is that information being censored because of the nature of the businesses? Is the information still available somewhere else?

 

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I can't say any word to you specific case as you missed providing any details to investigate.

But a short search for other similar adult book stores shows me the popular times are not censored in general.

 

Here an example:

 

 

 

 

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I am not a business. I was directed here by another forum. I posted this question a couple of weeks ago but I provided insufficient information, so I am trying again.

 

Why has the "popular times" information been removed from some businesses? The information was there before, but disappeared several months ago. The businesses are adult book stores. Is that information being censored because of the nature of the businesses? Is the information still available somewhere else?

 

Here are two of the businesses that do not have Popular Times in the result now, but had that information before:

Exotic Adult Books and Video

514 Congress Cir N A

Roselle, IL 60172

Zebulon Adult Botique
24W777 Lake St.

Roselle, IL 60172

 

Thanks for any information.

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 I am not a business. I was directed here by another forum. I posted this question a couple of weeks ago but I provided insufficient information, so I am trying again.

Why has the "popular times" information been removed from some businesses? The information was there before, but disappeared several months ago. The businesses are adult book stores. Is that information being censored because of the nature of the businesses? Is the information still available somewhere else?

 

Here are two of the businesses that do not have Popular Times in the result now, but had that information before:

Exotic Adult Books and Video

514 Congress Cir N A

Roselle, IL 60172

Zebulon Adult Botique
24W777 Lake St.

Roselle, IL 60172

 

Thanks for any information.

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We are a volunteer community with limited Google input. We can on occasion request Google assistance but from experience I can say that they wouldn't likely answer this question directly. 

 

There are two possible reasons I can think of why these might not be showing. 

1- Google has removed them

2- They have dropped below the threshold needed to show. See: https://support.google.com/business/answer/6263531?hl=en Popular times and visit duration are shown for your business if it gets enough visits from these users.

 

As a proxy to provide some framework I searched for adult bookstores or adult entertainment stores in a number of large markets. I assume that at least some of them would, in a large market, have enough visits to show popular hours. 

 

Here are the searches I performed:

adult bookstore NYC https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=adult+bookstore+NYC&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=adult%2...

 

Adult Entertainment Store San Francisco https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=adult+entertainment+store+san+francisoc&ie=UTF-...

 

Adult Bookstore Los Angeles https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=adult+bookstore+los+angeles&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q...

 

Adult Entertainment Store Seattle https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=adult+entertainment+seattle&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q...

 

No listing with the category of Adult Entertainment Store is now showing popular hours in any of the searches that I made.

 

A few that were returned under these searches that were categorized differently like DCD Exclusive Video Inc in NYC which is categorized as a video store, did show the popular hours. 

 

I think you can conclude from this evidence that it is extremely likely that Google removed popular from those listings within that category. As to why, who knows. 

 

 

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Thanks for your quick response and analysis. Are there other business categories that Google has removed the Popular Times information? And have any reasons been provided in any of those cases?

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I just searched the only other adult oriented category, Adult Entertainment Club, and they too do not show the popular hours. But, believe it or not, I wasn't actively searching that category in the past to know whether they have been removed or were never there. 

 

Because of varying local and national laws regarding these sorts of listings and advertising, it is conceivable that they are changing their approach to them. I know that there was an attempt to remove Escort services completely from the index.