Updated, August 17 @ 12:40 EDT (17:40 BST): Since our story published, Google updated search results for “8ch.net” and “site:8ch.net” with the original abundance of direct links to 8chan’s many subsites. As of press time, these haven’t been filtered for egregious content; for example, the first page of results for one search included the terrifying-sounding “necrozoophilia.” Searches for less direct terms like “8chan” only bring up indirect links, as per the original report, and all affiliated searches still contain a warning about child abuse content. Google representatives have yet to respond to our original request for comment.
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Google appears to have taken an unprecedented step in filtering its search results by banning an entire domain—and adding a warning about “suspected child abuse content” to a search for the domain itself. Ars Technica has been unable to determine exactly when the change went into effect, but Imgur posts as early as this Wednesday pointed to a Google-wide ban of the imageboard site 8chan.
As of press time, cursory attempts to find Google search results with content hosted at that site came up empty; searches for specific pages, or for sites containing terms 8chan, 8ch, or 8ch.net, only brought up related sites such as 8chan’s official Twitter account. In the case of a search for the domain directly, or for more targeted terms, the brief page of results would end in the aforementioned warning.
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