How Google Handles Canonical Pages With Noindex On The Page

In a hangout from this morning, Google’s John Mueller was asked how Google handles a page that you applied a canonical to but also has a noindex on it. Does that page pass the noindex. You can see how the question kind of caused a lot of confusion. The short answer is that Google in practice generally just assumes in these cases the canonical is a mistake and ignore it.

The question came up at 4:51 into the video. Here is the video embed followed by the transcript:

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