After much hype created post rumours claiming torrent ban from various search engines including Google, the mystery still begs to be solved. To start with, yesterday’s report claimed that Google along with other search engines is in talks with authorities to curb piracy and copyright infringement, however, a new report from TorrentFreak reveals that there is no concrete mention of torrents ban.
There is no mention of a torrent ban in the new report which heats up the suspense. A Tech2 report further claims that Google indeed is not banning the torrent websites. However, we would still leave it to future reports to clear out the suspense.
Meanwhile, yesterday’s report claimed that the new move is set to be implemented by putting in a new code starting June 1, 2017. While it is true that there is no mention of any torrent ban, but we can’t deny the possibility especially after looking Google’s past records to curb piracy. As an interesting fact, Google claims that it receives about 1 billion copyright infringement claims every year from DMCA. In the past, Google has often blocked torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass torrents from its search results, however, removing all the torrent websites from the internet in one go seems a little too ambitious.
In fact, banning here would actually mean a significant decrease in SEO traffic. Google, as we all know, is a widely used search engine and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) plays an important role. So removing it from search results will actually dip in its SEO traffic. On the other hand, players like The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents have already been serving the ban i.e. if you search for a torrent on Google, the search results will not show up links from either of the two above-mentioned websites. Users often just type in the website URL and search for the torrent from the website itself. In other words, these torrent giants still get ample amount of organic traffic despite a significantly reduced SEO traffic.On the other hand, the new entrants or the websites which entirely depend on Google Search results would be affected the most. Torrent websites have been a headache for content creators for quite some time now and Google might have just the right solution for some of them at least for the time being.
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