Internet search giant Google has withdrawn more than 11 million .co.cc websites from its search result pages, the company announced.
Google justified the move by claiming that these sites are way more “spammy” than what users are usually comfortable with, and thus had to be removed.
The .co.cc sites are not authenticated second level domain such as .co.in or .co.uk etc. They are, in fact, provided by a Korea based company which owns the domain name .co.cc.
Apparently, Google categorised the firm as a “freehost”, and went on imposing a ban on the whole domain. According to Matt Cutts, the chief of the company’s web spam unit, Google keeps the right to block an entire domain if it finds a significant portion of sites on a particular “freehost” carrying low quality contents, or spamming.
“Over the past few months, Google’s systems have detected a number of bulk subdomain providers becoming targets of abuse by malware distributors,” Google said in a blog post.
“Google’s automated malware scanning systems detect sites that distribute malware. To help protect users we recently modified those systems to identify bulk subdomain services which are being abused,” it added.