Google Begins Censoring P2P Terms in Instant Results

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DRAGONWEEZEL

censoring is for Highschool principles and has no place in a library, dewy decimal system, google or any other legit reference material.

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DRAGONWEEZEL

censoring is for Highschool principles and has no place in a library, dewy decimal system, google or any other legit reference material.

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Walnut

If I wanted to find torrents, pressing enter isn't too bad of a deal. Seeing as how I have never used Google to find torrents, I look at this as a bonus. That said, I really don't like the notion of censoring search results, and I didn't think Google did either. It's upsetting in that regard and I hope we don't see more of these sorts of changes in the future.

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michaelh

Hasn't Google been a proponent of net neutrality; even scolding ISPs for their lack thereof? I don't disagree with deemphasizing results pointing to potentially illicit activities but any sort of search censorship is bound to become more and more restrictive and less useful. 

The removal of these terms from the instant-search isn't too big of a deal, but I just hope it doesn't trickle down to the full search results.

 

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roleki

The more often Google inserts itself between users and content, the more room they make for a competitor to absorb market share.  One of these days, somebody will get a 'google-killer' right, and we can get back to the days of raw search results - which sucked big time - but didn't have the embedded big brother effect.

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Gezzer

I was getting tired of Google giving me 2 to 3 pages of on-line retail every time I did a search. Still use it but less then half the time. I switched to Bing as my main search engine, which works pretty good.. As for Google's current action? Could care less. Didn't have auto complete for years. It's a nice extra, but not really needed in a search engine. I'm looking for one that isn't trying to direct me to certain sites over others, more then one that saves me an extra few keystrokes.

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Mosher

I never thought I'd even think this, but if there is a push to boycot Google (because of this), I would change my default search until they undid this thing.

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Fecal Face

Here's a question: Who uses Google to find torrents? :\

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Caboose

Pay no attention to your IP address which points back to the RIAA?

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Eoraptor

have to agree with Jamie's statement... What's next, not letting read my email because it contains copyrighted words like Coca Cola? It may seem like a small thing, but it's a slippery slope kind of thing. I can always turn on or off the adult filter myself. But how long will I be allowed to turn on or off objectionable phrases of questionable legal content?

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Jer Stryker

Fine by me. It's a nuisance to look up something related to a game, movie, or TV show and getting back nothing but torrent results. I just have to remember to not hit "Enter" now.

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AndyYankee17

Not a bad idea actually. You really might not NSFW images when looking up "boobytrap" or "Pussycat"

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Caboose

heh heh heh you said boobie...

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Vegan

I press enter every time by habit, anyway.