Google sparks debate over its removal of “View Image” button when image searching

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We have some heart-breaking news; Google has removed its much widely used ‘view image’ button which was commonly used when looking up something on the search engine giant Google. It is reported that Getty images is behind this move by Google.

Apparently, Getty images, which in itself is a great resource for stock photos pertaining to news worldwide, had themselves filed complaint against Google. According to this complaint to the European Commission, people were misusing the Google’s image search. The misuse was in indirectly associated with Google since anyone could simply search up anything on Google and find that photo they were looking for and then reuse it without giving actual credit.

This new initiative by Google might also be because both Google and Getty, have signed an agreement amongst themselves. This agreement took place the week prior to this. Google itself revealed to the public that it won’t be that easy as before to find a photo and save it to your hard drive or smartphone gallery. This is because certain features have been removed by Google. Out of all these certain features, the one which affects the most is the “search by image” button. Not only this but viewing an image in isolation now is not possible either.

Though the announcement came a week early, the change was implemented a bit later this Thursday.

According to Google, which tweeted this Thursday, “Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the web pages they’re on”

As expected, it has sparked some angry reaction from those users who relied on this feature the most. They went on Twitter to express their concerns.


One of them even said that it was the worst, I repeat, not one of the worst, but “the” worst changes In the history of the mankind.

Though, as can be expected from a company who just got its complaint listened to after a whole lot of two years, they seem to be happy. This is depicted by Dawn Airey, CEO of Getty Images who said in a statement that “This agreement between Getty Images and Google sets the stage for a very productive, collaborative relationship between our companies.”

Let’s just hope Google, with all the resources it has, brings out an alternative way for us to make our lives easier. Otherwise, it would take really long to find a photo you were looking for.

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