In an attempt to curb piracy, Google removed various torrent search extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Earlier, the extensions would allow the user to search through and find the content within torrent websites like Kicka**Torrents, The Pirate Bay also known as TPB, Torlock and many more. Lately, Google has been criticized by the entertainment industry for facilitating piracy.
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have put pressure on Google to step up its efforts to curb online piracy. Google's current move to remove the Chrome extensions is likely the result of the pressure from the media industry.
However, Google continues to display results for torrents domains on its search index.
"We don't allow products or services that violate third-party terms of service, or products or services that encourage, facilitate, or enable the unauthorized access, download, or streaming of copyrighted content or media," writes Google on removing torrent Chrome extensions.
TorrentFreak contacted Jack of the Torlock who said that he could comprehend Google's move to block Torlock's extension on Chrome.
"I have no idea why Google would state that our Chrome extension was in violation as no evidence was given, just a generic response with the usual legal jargon. This is really a sad day for web freedom as Google has now taken the stance of guilty until proven innocent," said Jack, owner of Torlock.
The move to stonewall these extensions is odd as these extensions do not promote piracy in any way. Google's search box itself promotes piracy. Jack commented that Google's search bar on the home page encourages users to key-in piracy related keywords.
"We hope Google realizes that they are in fact the biggest torrent indexer in the world," added Jack.
The fact remains that removing such extensions from Chrome browser would not stop online piracy, as the Google search box itself is like an open door that welcomes piracy with open arms.
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