While most who deal with links all the time are aware of it, those who might only be doing link removals on a smaller scale on a single site might not be aware of it. Because it is a selection of all links Google knows about, it displays all links, including both disavowed links and nofollowed ones.
This actually makes a lot of sense. It would be problematic if Google started removing links from the list if they were disavowed or nofollowed, especially as this list won’t contain all the links on a site. Remember, with Google only showing a selection of the links it knows about, and is by no means an all inclusive list, you would need to use third party link analysis tools to get a full representation of all the links.
SEOs: will disavowed domains still show under "your most linked content" in Search Console? (these were disavowed 18+ mths ago) cc @JohnMu
— Dan Shure (@dan_shure) December 1, 2015
— John Mueller (@JohnMu) December 1, 2015
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