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Google blocks The Pirate Bay from AutoComplete

Google blocks The Pirate Bay from AutoComplete

Google blocks The Pirate Bay from AutoComplete

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.

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