The change came into effect on Thursday to “help connect users and useful websites,” according to a series of tweets by Google’s Search Liaison.
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 webpages they're on. pic.twitter.com/n76KUj4ioD— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 15, 2018
Another change made by the search engine is the removal of the “Search by Image” button, but a reverse image search can still be done by dragging it to the search bar, as reported by The Verge.
“Ultimately, Google Images is a way for people to discover information in cases where browsing images is a better experience than text,” the search liaison tweeted. “Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders.”
This comes after Google sealed a deal with Getty Images to improve on copyright disclaimers and on the attribution of someone’s work.
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