Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Google Removes View Image Button

Google Removes View Image Button

Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders. By creating its own captive, image-rich environment and cutting off user traffic to competing websites, Google is able to maintain and reinforce its dominance in search. In a tweet, Google said today that the changes "are created to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value".

The View Image button was really to the liking of this group who could download the image and use it in whatever way they wished to.

Google removes the button “View Image” from Image Search
You can no longer 'view image' on Google Images search results

As part of last week's settlement, Google also agreed to "a global strategic partnership that will see deeper integration of Getty Images' world-class imagery across Google's suite of products and services", according to Getty Images. Getty Images has been also lobbying the regulators in Europe and the United States.

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As the Google search team said on Twitter, while the View Image button is gone, the "Visit" button remains, hopefully encouraging people to visit the website before downloading the image. Before 2013 it only offered thumbnail images.

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Google officially announced major changes to how image search functions. That would be by clicking on the image to open it in a separate cut-out that Google uses to highlight the particular image beside also presenting some alternate suggestions as well. The feature made it easy for users to find the original image, which is usually a higher resolution than the thumbnail displayed in the search results.

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