Google pushes out fix for URL removal loophole

Google has pushed out a fix for a flaw that could have let anyone delist any website from its search results.Google is reprocessing URL removal requests to check their validity, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Google has pushed out a fix for a flaw that could have let anyone delist any website from its search results.

Google is reprocessing URL removal requests to check their validity, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

"We've confirmed that there was an issue within the URL removal feature in our Webmaster Tools and have already pushed out a fix and re-enabled URL removals," said a Google spokesperson. "The URL removal feature kept detailed records, so we're currently reprocessing earlier removal requests to ensure their validity. Our initial examination has shown only a limited impact."

Google disabled URL removals on Tuesday following a report of the flaw by James Breckenridge, operations director at digital marketing company UK Web Media. The flaw lay in the URL removals feature of Google Webmaster Tools.