So the search engine giant has already made its first step about cyber piracy. Its initial step was to filter/censor user’s torrent and file-sharing searches from its Autocomplete and Instant functionality. If you are not aware of this functionality, it’s this amazing utility found when typing your search keywords on Google search website (see image on the right).
Though this move by Google is good, torrent and file-sharing fanatics, on the other hand, might feel quite the opposite. But torrent fans need not to panic yet (well as for now) since standard search results can still be seen when you click the ‘Search’ button. Total torrent censorship in Google search will only be made possible once this SE giant updates or make changes to its search algorithms, which I believe will require their dev team more, more, and more time.
Here’s the complete news article from BetaNews:
Google took steps Thursday to honor a previous commitment to root out piracy in its searches, beginning to censor torrent searches from its Autocomplete and Instant functionality. The Mountain View, Calif. company’s efforts don’t seem perfect: several torrent searches still seemed to be available.
Among the terms apparently filtered out include popular clients BitTorrent and Rapidshare according to reports. On some built-in search functions in browsers such as Internet Explorer and Safari, the terms appear to have disappeared. Betanews was still able to search for specific torrents such as “windows xp torrent,” however, and Google was still returning torrent links through Instant at least for our testers.
Standard searching appears not to be affected, thus these changes could be quite superficial without any real change to Google’s search algorithms itself.
Regardless, the move will prove to be controversial. A BitTorrent spokesperson told TorrentFreak that its company name was unique, and “we’re pretty confident that anyone typing the first six or seven letters deserves the same easy access to results as with any other company search,” it said.
The company added that torrent search results do return “a variety” of legitimate results, and that it believes Google does not realize that our technology is used for many purposes that provide significant value to the technology industry, companies, artists and consumers at large.”
So what do you think of this move by Google? Express your opinions by leaving a comment.