TorrentFreak has run an article claiming that Google has begun ‘censoring’ the auto-complete and instant responses of its search bar for terms that have anything to do with popular sources of downloads of copyrighted content, like ‘torrent’, various download sites, etc.
What they don’t realize is that auto-complete and instant result generation for keywords that involve such terms is plainly useless (as are many others, which must be filtered away to save some load too). It isn’t censorship, but an optimization.
The search still returns results when queried in the proper Return-key manner. The only thing blocked away is to see highest ranking terms in auto-complete, which is worthless cause there are so many new releases made in those streams that it makes no sense to process, rank and display them in an order via auto-complete, or stream cached results while the user looks for something.
Google Instant is a good tool if it can predict what you’re going to search for, and is a great tool if it knows when it should do so. Which it does.
TorrentFreak just isn’t what it used to be. I dislike a couple of its authors. It isn’t worth linking back to their article, which can be searched on their site — unless they’ve ‘censored‘ it away. Meh.