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Google to censor their results due to pirates

Jul 18th, 2012

Torrenting has fairly recently (meaning a decade or so) become a “bad word” in the minds of parents, elderly people, and government officials (probably a lot of overlap in the aforementioned groups). However, today marks a new attempt to forbid and remove torrenting from the common knowledge of French citizens, and this act may soon spread to other parts of the world. The French government is attempting to have Google remove the word “torrent” from their auto-correct dictionary, the belief being that naive Google users will stumble upon torrenting via Google’s auto-correction software. Apparently, the French government believe that all pirates are 80 year-old grandparents who use Google to find good torrenting websites.

In all seriousness, the issue is bigger than simply attempting to remove one problematic word from Google, instead it is the mere fact that more censorship is taking place. The last few years have been filled with censorship debates, proposals, and initiatives, all of which hurt the general public and are barely denting the pirate community. As time goes on, censorship issues are inevitably going to increase in both frequency and size.

What are your thoughts on censorship and the growing number of bills and government/corporate initiatives that are being started? Drop us a line below to unleash your uncensored opinions.

Source(s): CNET, TorrentFreak