|Many file-sharing websites run a risk of being banned as "repeat offenders" by the search giant, but the most interesting thing is that it’s not because of copyright infringements. The company has updated its safe browsing service used by web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and will now block sites for at least a month after being repeatedly marked as harmful.
Like many other services, Google regularly checks online portals for malicious and harmful content in order to help people avoid getting into dangerous situations. Almost all modern browsers use this safe browsing service and throw up a warning before people try to visit risky websites.
Frequent users of the file-sharing services know these warning signs well. The Pirate Bay site has been flagged several times over the past years and twice in recent weeks. The problem of the pirate sites is that they only have access to lower-tier advertising agencies, which don’t often have proper screening procedures for ads.
Before, the browser warnings have always vanished after the rogue ads have gone away, but now the ban can become more permanent, after Google has announced its “repeat offender” policy meant to address websites that often face such problems. The company explained that much measure is designed to prevent websites from circumventing the security measures by turning malicious content off and on. Google said that Safe Browsing would classify such websites as “Repeat Offenders”.
It must be mentioned that the new policy will only affect websites linking to harmful content, but not the so-called “hacked” services, which Google also warns about. This means that any site can be benched for a month if it’s caught more than once in a short period of time. So far, the timeframe for sites to get a repeat offender classification remains unknown as Google hasn’t announced any details.
In the meantime, The Pirate Bay team is not concerned about the changes and explains that the problem usually lies with 3rd-party advertisers who they can’t influence. The Pirate Bay operators don’t see their site as a repeat offender, but for the ad agencies there’s a lot at stake, so perhaps this move will force them to be more vigilant.
Industry experts note that even if TPB or other pirate services get banned for a month, it won’t really disturb them. Internet users are able to easily disable the malware checking option in their browser to regain direct access.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
|posted by (2016-11-16 14:05:59)|
|Google has become a Big Brother and he's the Big Brother that always seems to be pi$$ed off. So different than just a decade ago.|
|posted by (2016-11-16 20:29:15)|
|Ban this _I_|
|posted by (2016-11-17 01:25:22)|
|Google is like Yum products. They don't want you to know what other companies they control. They do that so if you hate one you'll go to another. Yet, your still under their control. But with the internet , that's hard to do these days. Even Yum products has gone public of sorts.|
|posted by (2016-11-17 12:33:51)|
|All pirates must stop using google and they will have big financial troubles. Most pirates also purchase stuff. The problem is not pirates but greedy corporations owned by the bank mobsters. I agree Google is just a tentacle now of the money cartels running the world.|
|No biggie. Google can kiss my crank, after gargling with peroxide, of course. . . meanwhile, there are other search options. Phuck google in the most uncomfortable places imaginable.||
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