Over two years ago, Google removed BitTorrent from the instant search auto-complete search suggestions. Now, it appears that when you begin typing [bit...] into the Google search box, Google now shows BitTorrent as a search suggestion within Google Instant search.
Here is a screen shot of the search auto-completion within Google:
Over the years, Google has censored various piracy related search queries from their auto-completion. I am not sure why Google is now allowing BitTorrent to show up, while searches for The Pirate Bay, [RapidShare] and [isoHunt] still do not return auto-completions.
We have requested a comment from Google on this change and we will update this story when we hear back.
TorrentFreak.com has some more details on this story.
Postscript: Google did respond to our request for a statement, telling us this was not a result of a policy change.
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