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Google has blacklisted The Pirate Bay and other torrent sharing sites, including 4Shared and isoHunt. The search giant has been filtering piracy-related terms from its Autocomplete and Instant services.
According to torrent-related news site TorrentFreak, Google has been filtering piracy-related terms since January. Users searching for terms like “torrent”, “bitTorrent” and “rapidshare” won’t see the words appear as they type the words in Google search.
A recent update to the blacklist includes nearly all the top file-sharing websites, including The Pirate Bay and others.
According to TorrentFreak, while Google doesn’t actually censor the content, the removal of the names from Autocomplete is having a discernible impact on the sites’ traffic.
While it keeps Google on the right side of the copyright holders, it is putting legitimate companies like BitTorrent and RapidShare at a disadvantage, says TorrentFreak.