Google removed the button after Getty Images complained to the European Commission previous year, according to BBC report.
Users that depend on Google image search to grab photos will be surprised to know that "view image" button has been removed by the company.
However the changes are only cosmetic.
"This will make it harder for people to view an image in full resolution and possibly force them to enter the Web site hosting the image, which may be hosting deceptive ads, malware and make the process of getting an image a lot less efficient", wrote Samuel Blower, who launched the Change.org petition. It meant you could click an image in the stream, then click the button to see the image full size without having to load anything else. "They are created to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value", explained Google regarding the "view image" button being gone.
As the tweet above confirms, the removal of the view image button came about because of this deal and settlement with Getty Images. In theory, this will force users to navigate to the original source to view an image, and possibly be required to access it via a subscription or purchase.
The reverse image search feature is instead remaining. From there, the image can be expanded with just a click and a copy can be saved afterward.
"This is an bad update, user unfriendly 'update.' Literally degraded the product".
Now, however, one must visit the owner or publisher's site and save the image from there.
Many suggested people should try rival image search engines such as Bing, which still have a "view image" button.
Getty Images said in statement: "We are pleased to announce that after working cooperatively with Google over the past months, our concerns are being recognized and we have withdrawn our complaint". And if they wanted to steal it, they could right-click to save the image to their computer or storage device.