BeeDeeDubbleU - 3:33 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think it would be na´ve to think that Google tells us any more than they think we need to know and I also think that they feed us bad information for their own ends.
I think Google's statements are well-intentioned, and I doubt if any public statements by people like Matt Cutts or John Mueller are "false."
After the brouhaha that followed the announcement of the disavow tool we now get this from Eric Kuan.
"The disavow backlinks tool should be used with caution since it can potentially harm your site's performance. However, if you see a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links point to your site, and you're confident that the links are causing issues for your site, you can use the disavow tool to disavow those links. In most cases, Google can assess which links to trust without additional guidance, so most normal or typical sites will not need to use this tool."