Google instant bans 'BitTorrent' word

Google has banned the peer-to-peer protocol term that also is the name of a legitimate company. Has it gone too far?

By Jared Newman, PC World |  Internet, BitTorrent, censorship

But in exchange for credibility from rights holders, Google may lose trust from savvy users. It's disconcerting to know that Google is arbitrarily singling out Websites for inferior search treatment for their associations with piracy, regardless of any legitimate uses they might enable. BitTorrent isn't even a file-sharing Website, it's just a peer-to-peer protocol.

"What Google may not realize is that our technology is used for many purposes that provide significant value to the technology industry, companies, artists and consumers at large," BitTorrent Vice President of Product Management Simon Morris told TorrentFreak.

Besides, the blacklist is full of holes. At typing "the p" into the search bar instantly returns The Pirate Bay on top of the list. Trying to hide pirated content from search results seems as futile as trying to eliminate piracy itself.


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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