About a year and a half ago, Google censored the Internet on their own and removed the word "torrent" (and all related terms) from their Autocomplete and Instant searches. This set off an uproar throughout all different types of online communities, including the beloved pirates, and Google then began to censor other words as well, but backed down on a couple, like MegaUpload, although that site is now shut down. Well, RIAA and MPAA have ramped up the pressure to crack down on piracy and, per the usual spineless actions from Google, the company has responded in fear of RIAA potentially taking away their iTunes library at the Googleplex.
Just days after one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay has been deported back to Sweden from Cambodia, the search giant has removed "The Pirate Bay" from Autocomplete and Instant searches. Doing some random searches also show that Zippyshare and Mediafire have also been removed, but YouSendIt remains. Again, as we reported 18 months ago, the removals seem arbitrary, with Google removing whatever site or group RIAA and/or the MPAA seem to be mad at that week. There's really no method, rhyme or reason to their removal process. The good news is that The Pirate Bay knows this and doesn't seem to be phased by it. Plus, they even made a small mention of censorship of their search results in a blog post back in June.
The Pirate Bay has a very good point. Most people who know of the site will go directly to that site and users will typically refer each other to sites like this and won't end up there via a web search. Will Google fess up to the actual reasons why it has removed TPB? Probably not. Instead, we're left with this on their help page,
All of this is simply more fuel for several things going against Google right now, including the anti-trust investigations. Perhaps it's time for users to switch search engines on a greater scale? While we're on the topic, maybe our loyal readers should try and Bing It On. See if you end up on the better side of web searching. Post your results in the comments section below.read more...