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'Brexit' beats off 'porn' in search terms

Google Trends shows a rapid rise in searches for information related to the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London to protest against the EU referendum result.

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People are more interested in Britain pulling out of the European Union than in pornography.

Searches for the word "Brexit" -- a portmanteau of "Britain" and "Exit" -- spiked on Friday 24 June, the day it was announced the UK population had voted to leave the EU. The spike was so priapic it eclipsed searches for "porn", the Guardian's Chris Moran spotted.

With the implications of the Brexit vote still unclear, Google Trends shows the spike in searches lasting a couple of days, dwarfing other popular searches such as "Taylor Swift" and "Donald Trump".

"Porn" is consistently one of the most searched-for words on the internet, up there with people searching for their Gmail, Amazon or Craigslist accounts.

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