Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has begun actively censoring
file-sharing-related terms from its search engine results, nixing
"BitTorrent," "RapidShare," "Megaupload" and
other words from its instant search and auto-complete search features,
TorrentFreak reported. As this point, the filter does not affect full Google search
Google recently announced it would begin filtering
"piracy-related" terms from these search services.
The new filter also
includes the generic term "torrent," and any potentially legitimate
associated search strings, such as "Ubuntu torrent" — which might
come from a user interested in downloading the freely available Linux software.
TorrentFreak notes that Google’s keyword filtering appears arbitrary, still
allowing search terms for BitTorrent clients like Vuze, and cyberlockers like
"We respect Google’s right to determine algorithms to deliver
appropriate search results to user requests," Simon Morris, vice president
of marketing and product at BitTorrent Inc., told TorrentFreak.
being said, our company’s trademarked name is fairly 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."
that certain search suggestions will not put a wrong complexion on RapidShare
anymore, but we are concerned that at the same time the legitimate interests of
our users will also be affected. We believe it was the wrong decision to remove
the term ‘RapidShare’ from the search suggestions," RapidShare told
(DMW previous coverage)