The one thing Google Search does is make life easy. But there are times when Google search results have created controversy. As the search process is based on certain algorithms, there are times when errors which might have been spotted. Over the years, Google has worked to prevent piracy links to show up on top of the search results. In fact, earlier this year it was reported, Google along with Yahoo had joined hands to ban piracy sites from search results altogether. However, new reports suggest that Google might just have landed itself in another soup over piracy. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
As initially reported by TorrentFreak, searching for torrent sites, or simply typing “best torrent site” in Google search throws up a long reel of sites. Most of the popular names are mentioned in the list. Different government and security agencies all over the world have recently begun to crack down on torrent sites and many popular sites have already been pulled down. In such a scenario, Google seems to be aiding the piracy and hunting for sites that still continue to function.
However, the search results might lead to complications for Google as piracy is treated as an offense in most countries. Surprisingly, not just pirated content and sites but Google search even offers streaming sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and others as results. Unlike pirated sites, the streaming sites operate legally and offer only streaming services to users. Google search algorithm is clearly unable to distinguish between the two. ALSO READ: EU fines Google $2.7 billion for manipulating shopping search results
The search results appear only on Google.com, are not visible in other domains, like in India. Many Hollywood celebrities have often taken up the issue with Google, asking the search site to either stop showcasing pirated content or ban torrent sites from search results. But as the latest results show, Google seems to be doing exactly the opposite. While celebrities are yet to react to the new development, Google algorithm developers and creators can expect muck flak over the issue.
Google has not officially released any statement and is said to be working on correcting the error. There has also not been any statement from authorities regarding the lapse on the part of Google. A the time of writing this piece, the Google.com search results too did not throw up the reel, making us believe that Google has perhaps resolved the issue. Previously, a similar issue was highlighted when searching for movies on Google showed the ratings from torrent sites apart from ratings from review sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. Google had quickly resolved the problem back then.
Recently, the search engine came under the scanner in India when results for the search term “South Indian Masalas” showcased images of girls, instead of spices. A similar search for ‘North Indian Masalas’ showed the correct images and search results. The issue was quickly blown out of proportion with everyone blaming Google. The search giant, however, defended itself and mentioned that the search results are based on previous search preferences. There has been no change in results and asking the query still shows images of women on Google India.