During John Mueller’s hangout on 09/17/2021, one webmaster was concerned about removing old news from a site that had content that was ten years old (or more).
Their first question was regarding implementing a content pruning process where they remove older pages. They wanted to know if there would be an effect on doing so.
The webmaster also asked how Google could crawl a website that is brand-new with absolutely no links pointing to it.
John explained that there is not a lot of value in removing old news from a site, even if there were three million pages. Now, it could be a good thing for users if you put it into an archive, but this would have almost zero impact on rankings.
He also explained that the process of verifying Google Search Console causes the initial crawl and makes Google want to find out more information about the site and its potential for search along with any additional information.
This discussion happens at about the 49:36 mark in the video.