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Google censors South African search engine

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Web users searching for South Africa's newest search engine Jonga on Google are more likely to find an Indian army 4x4, a South African tour company or the genealogy of a German whose name is "Jonga". That is if they find it at all.

The search engine was dropped from the Google index "in its entirety" last week, according to owner of Jonga, Alistair Carruthers.

Carruthers says he has "no idea whatsoever" why Jonga is no longer indexed by the world's biggest search engine.

"The interesting thing is that a lot of South African related searches on Google were displaying results from Jonga's Web Directory and thus a lot of traffic was being forwarded from Google to Jonga's web directory and search," he says.

Although the GoogleBot has sniffed around the website in the last week - visiting only one page each time - the results have not been recorded on Google's search index, says Carruthers.

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