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Microsoft’s Bing to benefit from Google’s removal of ‘view image’ button: report

Following Google’s removal of the “view image” button from its image search results last week, several users will be switching to other browsers like Microsoft’s Bing and Startpage which allow high-resolution images to be downloaded with a right click, media reported.

Google, after signing a multi-year global licensing agreement with Getty Images, removed the “view image” button – a move intended to curb the removal of copyrighted images from its platform.

Critics said the changes were “horrible”, “unfriendly” and “degraded the product”, according to a BBC report.

“That’s a terrible idea… you find an image on Google Images just so the image is nowhere to be seen. Talk about destroying your own successful service,” one user tweeted.

Several users have suggested that people try competing image search engines such as Bing, which always has a “show image” button.

“Others pointed out that right-clicking on an image in Google’s Chrome browser and clicking ‘open image in new tab’ duplicated the missing feature,” the report added.

According to, if you were a frequent user of the feature, you can still get a similar experience through another search engine called Startpage.

“The browser is privacy-focused and delivers Google’s search results, but without targeted advertising and more privacy,” the report said on Monday.

According to media reports, Google will make copyright attribution and disclaimers more visible in image search results.

“The change is basically meant to frustrate users. Google has long been criticized by photographers and publishers who believed that image search allowed people to steal their photos, and removing the image view button is one of the many changes made in response, “The Verge said.

Sometimes websites also turn off the ability to right-click, which would make it even more difficult for someone to take a photo they are looking for.

In addition to removing the “view image” button, Google also removed the “search by image” button that appeared when people opened an image.

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