Google Removes View Image Button

Google Removes View Image Button

SAN FRANCISCO: Media reported that, following Google removes View Image Button from its image search results last week, several users will move to other browsers like Microsoft’s Bing and Startpage that allow download of high-resolution images with a right click. Several users suggested people should try rival image search engines such as Bing which still has a view image button. After signing a multi-year global licensing deal with GETTY Images, Google removed the “view image” button, a move set to curb the lifting of copyrighted images from its platform. Google will make copyright attribution and disclaimers more prominent in image search results, reports by media.

Google Removes View Image


If you were a frequent user of the feature, you can still get a similar experience through another search engine called Start page, according to lifehacker.com. BBC report, critics said the changes were “awful“, “user-unfriendly” and “degraded the product“. One user tweeted that ,”This is a terrible ideaYou find an image on Google Images only for the image to be nowhere in sight. Talk about destroying your own successful service.”

On Monday a report said ,”the browser is focused on privacy and provides Google’s search results but with no targeted ads and more privacy.”  The Verge said , “the change is essentially meant to frustrate users. Google has long been under fire from photographers and publishers who felt that image search allowed people to steal their pictures, and the removal of the view image button is one of many changes being made in response.”


Google has  removed the search by image button in addition to removing the ‘view image‘ button  when people opened up an image. “View Image” extension re-implements the Google Images’ “View Image” and “Search by Image” buttons, according to the Next Web. “View Image” adds the “Search by Image” and “View Image” buttons back to the Google images results page and the code for this extension is available on web-based hosting service GitHub.

Adding a simple extension to the Chrome browser could bring the button back. To see the button back where it was, users need to install this browser extension in Chrome or Opera and then users can see it.


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