Google has officially confirmed that the 'Not Selected' filter has been removed from the Google Webmaster Tools Index Status report.
In a statement, a Google representative cited user confusion as the primary reason for the change, claiming that the filter caused 'more confusion than actually helping webmasters with their sites'.
In spite of this many webmasters claim to have found this data useful. Among them was the representative himself, John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analyst from Google Zurich.
Mueller said: [Google Webmaster Tools] was removed on purpose since it was causing more confusion than actually helping webmasters with their sites.
The 'not selected' filter in Google Webmaster Tools referred to pages which redirected elsewhere, those with a rel="canonical" to another page or those which Google algorithms detected were extremely similar or identical to another URL and the other URL was selected for inclusion.
The announcement follows reports that Google Webmaster Tools was experiencing difficulties with reporting on the number of links pointing to a site, reports claim that the figure quoted was grossly different than it was before the change.