Google highlights pirate sites in search results

From Engadget - July 10, 2017

We have asked Google for comment on the highlights and will let you know what it says. However, it's safe to say this is unintentional. The company relies on algorithms to automatically generate highlight cards, and it ca not realistically check every possible result. Still, it does not look good when Google's code sets pirates on a pedestal.

The findings are not going to help Google's already contentious relationship with the music and video industries, both of which have spent years accusing Google of doing too little to prevent piracy. They have routinely argued that Google should outright remove pirate sites from its results, not just demote them -- this only adds fuel to the fire, even if there's an easy fix. The company may need to show that this is a one-off incident and not a common problem.


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