In the beginning of the year Google for some unknown reason began blocking search terms related to filesharing. But the giant search engine has assured that “BitTorrent,” “RapidShare” and “Megaupload” – the famous queries will still supply valid search results if the full search term is given. Google has only removed them from their Auto-complete and Instant search services. Previously while typing the search term search recommendations were appeared automatically but now it will provide results just in the way the search result is typed.
TorrentFreak has disclosed that Google is coming with many new filesharing sites by extending the company’s censorship program. While the filesharing sites like “ishunt,” “torrentreactor”, “btjunkie,” “kickasstorrents,” “sumotorrent,” “btmon,” “extratorrent” are being blocked on the auto-complete service, “thepiratebay.org” and “pirate bay” are still out of the range of blocking. So it comes out that the filter is not yet all-inclusive.
To make it clear to the users TorrentFreak has mentioned candidly that the fileshare sites are only removed from the Auto-complete and instant search services but full term searchers are still available. Most of the users who already know exactly what they are searching will not face any problem due to the blocking but it will be a real troublesome for other people who are a little confused about where they want to go. Experts are thinking that it may cause reduction in the general traffic levels. TorrentFreak has drawn the instance of the falling graph of traffic in Hotfile searches after the same thing was done to it in January 2011. The reason behind Google’s taking the step, stopping Web piracy, is no doubt a noble cause but it is really harmful for real businesses.
RapidShare has criticized Google for their decision about the extension of the censorship program. The Pirate Bay has drawn our attention to the fact that Google is taking the step immediately after releasing their Google Music. So is this just a co-incident or a courageous effort of Google to fight piracy?