I saw another question regarding this, but it is dated two years back, and so I am hoping an answer is available now.
I am a web developer at a website in which we are (and have been for years) the #1 search result. We have recently started using social meta tags for Twitter, Facebook, etc, causing Google to pick up and add an image to the snippet.
We are still #1, but unfortunately, Google has also added the date June 22, 2005. Our click through rate has plummeted from 40%, to less than 2%. Removing the image removes the date as well, but we want the image to stay without keeping the date.
We have no idea where Google is pulling the date from. The page in question was created well after 2005, and the video in the page was created in 2011. The page is also updated regularly to keep up with tax information.
The date June 22, 2005 does not appear on the page. I have created a script that ran through all the numbers on the page to see if Google was mashing numbers together to pull out a Unix timestamp, but this was not the case either. I have also looked into other sites linking to us, and have still not found this date.
Is there any way to keep the image in our Google snippet, while removing the date? Would it be better to just provide Google with a date, given that the information itself does not get updated often? Any help would be appreciated.
EDIT: here is a screenshot