Mountain View, Calif. – Google has added cyberlocker service Mediafire to a list of “piracy-related” keywords that it filters from its Instant and Autocomplete search features, joining other terms like “torrent,” “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare,” TorrentFreak reported.

A Google spokesperson noted to TorrentFreak that the move “do[es] not remove any results from search results or prevent users from typing any term they choose into their queries.”

“When evaluating terms for inclusion, we examine several factors, including correlation between the term and results that have been subject to valid DMCA takedown notices,” the spokesman added.

“This is something we looked at and thought we could make some narrow and relatively easy changes to our Autocomplete algorithm that could make a positive difference… We also take a similar approach to a narrow class of terms related to pornography, violence and hate speech.”


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