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Google starts censoring torrent-related searches

By Matthew ยท 49 replies
Jan 26, 2011
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  1. Google has quietly begun filtering terms related to filesharing from its Autocomplete and Instant search features, according to TorrentFreak. Among the many forbidden queries are "uTorrent", "BitTorrent", "RapidShare", "Megaupload", and seemingly any word combined with "torrent". To clarify again, these terms are blocked from Google's Autocomplete and Instant search services, but you can still perform a full search for "banned" words and receive proper results.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    "The Pirate Bay....still visible" Well then I'm all set :p
  3. Got to adore censorship.
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Won't affect me but I don't like the fact that they're doing this. What's to stop them from censoring other anything they don't agree with.
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 828   +32

    man...I woke up this morning thinking I was in America...apparently we're in China now, lol. But I guess it aint too bad (for now). At least we can still search for them.

    As for Rapid Share, that one does surprise me. There is a lot of legitimate stuff that goes through Rapid Share. I did use RS for a while to distribute programs till I found out about drop.io, but then Facebook bought it out and shut it down (BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! BASTARDS!) so now i'm back to Rapid Share.
  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +229

    Yeah I think this is pretty lame. Google shouldn't be censoring any search results.
  7. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    If its just for Autocomplete and Instant search then i really have no problem, would be better if you had that the option to filer it out though. Will be interested to see what they will try to filter next
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    actually i'm glad about this. it was kinda getting annoying having to keep putting in -torrent while searching for stuff on google. besides, all this will potentially do is filter out first time torrenters, maybe.
  9. Actually there is a recent article on PC World 'Google Comes Under Fire for 'Secret' Relationship with NSA'. The Google spokeswoman is obviously compartmentalized and clueless to what the real decision makers in Google are doing. Both Google and NSA will deny this but won't produce any real evidence to anyone that would debunk this theory.
  10. I suppose it's come to this. Some step must be taken to protect all the people that put in the work to create the music, movie, and software.
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    hmmmmmm i cant get to utorrent.com because i cant google it, DAM IT!
  12. Welcome to the United States of China.
  13. Gratz Google.. I will replace my phone.. browser... and Search engine for now on. FU google.
  14. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    Gee, like you can't find a billion other torrent search sites on the web?
    Heck, I've gotten to where I only use google as my LAST resort, when searching for something.
  15. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    This made me laugh.
  16. "Bing"! "Bing"!
  17. May be Iran ? :D
  18. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 828   +32

    No, you can still google it, it just won't come up in auto-complete. That's something people need to realize. The search itself isn't filtered, it's just not showing up in auto-complete.
  19. The corporate arguments and divergent philosophies about just how "neutral" the internet will be is going to become one big pissing match.

    Content providers don't believe they should pay the ISP for the ability to provide said content on the ISP's wires because they already pay a fee for the bandwidth they use.

    ISP's say they should be able to charge content providers for allowing them to provide content because it competes with their own and without them there would be no connection for them to provide content on.

    ISP's that want to QOS traffic to their desires, as they see fit, while content providers and search engines argue that all traffic should be treated equally.

    So, if a torrent site is a content provider is it fair that they're traffic is being treated differently by a search engine?

    It wasn't when Comcast as an ISP tried to block it.


    What torrent site is going to challenge Google on this? Probably none.

    Give human beings enough time and they will destroy anything.
  20. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    *Puts a big sign saying "SARCASM"* :p
  21. Well no matter what i dont feel Google should be able to filter anything. Its ok to filter a torrent site but when you search up stuff like drugs and killing thats not filtered at all. Far as i am concerned google can kiss ***. I have been using a different search provider for the past year and thats just another reason i would never use google . FU Google
  22. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    F*** google ;] Go Bing ! Its the new way to go !
  23. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    wow, I'm actually going to have to hit the search button....
  24. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

    WTF Google
  25. 63Jax

    63Jax TS Enthusiast Posts: 84

    all praises to Demonoid and Pirate Bay! **** Google i'll switch to Bing then.

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