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Hi, just so you know, Google lied! Truthfully, in the way the question has traditionally been asked – the answer from google was correct, sort of anyways. Googles crawler does read the keywords, and from there that information is used as part of the “discrimination chain algorithm” practices that google uses to determine website rank. They don’t factor into rank weighting directly, but rather indirectly. So google did tell the truth, and at the same time they did not.
That sounds a lot like what I’ve been hearing (or saying) for years:
Meta keywords are less likely to help you and more likely to hurt you in Google results.
This is especially true if you use the wrong keywords or try to “cheat the system”. I believe it’s better to leave them out to be safe. I’d rather have a good ranking on Google than any ranking with searches that still rely heavily on meta keywords. Wouldn’t you?