Google begins censoring torrent queries

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PostFri Feb 25, 2011 8:23 pm » by Jesse89202

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."
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PostFri Feb 25, 2011 8:27 pm » by Epicfailure

that is ok, here is your doesn't track your IP, you can socket your search results in the advanced setting menu, and you can proxy the search results....easily, that and it is probably better in searches than google is:

I use it all the time, hardly use google ever, only for their top news articles.

the more focus we take off google, and the more we put on other search engines, the more they will try to win us back with services again....I mean.... who really needs the "instant search option?" convinient sure, but so is pressing the enter key instead of mouse clicking.

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PostFri Feb 25, 2011 8:41 pm » by TheDuck

Youtube instant search pisses me off :D

Don't really bother with Image'S instant BS

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