Google is one of the most resourceful tools on the Internet and if you’re for a suitable torrent service for your needs, look no further as Google has got your back.
Surprisingly, when you search for ‘best torrent sites’ on Google, it returns a carousel of torrent websites alongside their logos and links which include services such as 1337x, IsoHunt, The Pirate Bay and more.
Earlier this year, Google and Bing announced that they will be banning illegal pirate website from surfacing on the top of search results in the UK, as part of a deal brokered by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which was backed by the entertainment industry.
Torrent websites have been fighting for survival on the web as established organisations are hell-bent on taking them down — especially since they hamper the revenue of the entertainment and gaming industry the most.
But Google’s current predicament — first pointed out by TorrentFreak — seems to be a hurdle in the deal it made earlier this year to counter piracy on the web.
However, pirated content surfacing on top of Google search results isn’t the only worry that the company is facing as their search engine is also displaying illegal streaming services — alongside legal ones — when a user searches for ‘streaming sites’.
Search query results for streaming sites returns a similar carousel alongside logos of the respective services but the funny thing is that Google puts pirated streaming services such as Putlocker and Alluc alongwith legitimate ones like Netflix and Hulu.
Given the fact that the search results are generated based on a set algorithm, there seems to be a bug affecting the results.
In a statement to Mashable, a Google spokesperson said, “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.”
Reportedly, these search results are only shown when searching from Google’s US search engine.