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Google Caught In Subtle Censorship Of Piracy Search Terms

Postby sunnyd » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:16 pm

Story : http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-01/27/google-soft-censorship

Google has quietly started filtering out piracy-related search terms from its Autocomplete and Instant services, meaning the suggestive search boxes will no longer push users towards sites and communities that are notorious for piracy.

Start typing the first few letters of phrases like Bittorrent, uTorrent, RapidShare or Megaupload, and the search engine will refuse to suggest the full terms, or dynamically show search results through Google Instant. The site will still show the results if you type out the name in full, and click "search".



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Re: Google Caught In Subtle Censorship Of Piracy Search Term

Postby tmc » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:59 pm

censorship sucks, post your uncensored search engine alternatives here:
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Re: Google Caught In Subtle Censorship Of Piracy Search Term

Postby sunnyd » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:09 pm

As posted in another thread...
sunnyd wrote:Google is censoring only to the extent that it does not autofill the word you are typing until you get to the last letter, then it shows results. There is absolutely no change in any results provided as long as you type out the words completely yourself, and then hit search, whether it be bittorrent, file sharing or anything related.
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