Google: BitTorrent Back In Auto Complete To Make Search “More Useful to People”

BT_wavelogo_purple_hugeYesterday we reported that after over two years of being missing, BitTorrent is back in Google’s auto completion results.

That means, when you start typing the letters [bit] into Google’s search box, Google will offer an instant search suggestion of the term BitTorrent. Before yesterday, for over two years, Google did not show BitTorrent as a search suggestion.

We asked Google why the change of heart? Google told us it was not removed originally for policy issues but didn’t offer us a reason on why the search suggestion was removed. Instead, Google told us, “we’re always updating Search to make it more useful for people.” A Google spokesperson made sure to add, “this is not as a result of any change in our policies.”

Of course, we find it hard to believe this is just a routine change in the auto-complete suggestions. The timing of the original removal of the BitTorrent suggestion was the same time Google removed other piracy related terms such as torrent, rapidshare and others.

Google does however state on the record that this change was not as a result of any change in their policies.

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  • Joe

    Good. Google shouldn’t censor anything. It’s just an indexer, not the internet police.

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