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TorrentFreak and Other Sites Included on Leaked Google Block List

Accepted submission by takyon at 2019-08-15 13:58:01
Digital Liberty

'Google Blocked TorrentFreak From Appearing in Search Feature' []

Documents released by whistleblower Zachary Vorhies suggests that Google actively blocked hundreds of sites, including TorrentFreak, from its Google Now service. The blocklist doesn't provide a specific reason for the blockade, but other sites are flagged for having a high user block rate or for peddling hoax stories. Vorhies has shared the documents with the US Department of Justice.

At TorrentFreak, we have written hundreds of articles about website blocking and censorship. Today, we're featured in one ourselves.

Leaked Google documents reveal that shows up in one of Google's previously unknown blocklists, which actively hides our domain from the Google Now service.

Google Now [] was a Google search feature that presented users with informational cards, to provide users with more details on subjects of interest to them. While the brand no longer exists, the feature is still present in the Google Android app and its feed.

The controversial blocklist is part of a treasure trove of files that were leaked by whistleblower Zachary Vorhies, who shared them with Project Veritas []. The entire collection of files uncovers many previously unknown policies and actions from Google.

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See also (Zachary Vorhies in the news): YouTube Software Engineer Describes Seeing Altercation In Building Courtyard []
America's Greatest Makers is like American Idol for geeks, so we talked to one []

Previously: Veritas Claims Leaked Internal E-Mails from Google Showing Political Bias of Results []

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