Over the years, Google’s highlighted search has been one of the fastest ways to get to sites thus making it easy to navigate the web in general.
This feature though beneficial has placed the search engine lord into a steaming pot of hot water. A typical example is what Torrent Freak first reported; Google now displays highlighted search for “Best Torrent Sites” and “torrent sites” just as it casually gives for any other website in the same niche.
Earlier this year, Google and Microsoft inked a deal in the United Kingdom to combat piracy by suppressing links to websites that feed on pirated content.
Though I personally don’t know how long Google has been displaying these sites, Torrent Freak also found out that Google displays links to streaming sites known to have a ton of pirated files alongside the authentic ones.
Though this is a major thug move, I strongly believe Google had no intentions of doing this because these results are algorithmically-generated.
Google has since responded to this issue and maintains that they are searching into the matter. The Google spokesperson also expressed similar views to mine above saying: “These results are generated algorithmically, but in this particular case, do not reflect what we had in mind for this feature, and we are looking into it.”