Google cracking down on porn... kinda

14 December 2012

Google have altered their algorithm for image search in a bid to filter out porn sites. That'd be the porn that Google has found to be incredibly lucrative over the years.

A Google representative told CNET: "We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for - but we aim not to show sexually explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them."

"We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you're looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting - you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings now work the same way as in Web search."

This change applies to the 'SafeSearch' setting, with the number of options being reduced from two to one, with 'filter explicit results' either on or off. So go in your settings and turn it to 'on', okay?

Of course, there are people out there who see this as nannying censorship by Google, with Reddit users running into hundreds of pages in their bid to give tips on how to navigate around this new algorithm.

One Reddit user shouted: "What is this? communism?! BRING BACK THE PORN!"

 

TOPICS:   Technology

9 comments

  • stan l.
    About time , I was looking for a red tube top for my wife and all I got was a load of fannys . (and tits)
  • Inspector G.
    @Stan, I know. I searched for 'Boston Pancakes' hoping to find out about crepes in the north east US city and, well, it wasnt pretty. Typing 'hot karl' was even worse.
  • Sicknote
    I searched for quaint-river-based-transportation in Ohio using 'Cleveland Steamer' and was shocked when I saw the results, I feel dirty now.
  • Raggedy
    I was searching for a very old children's programme called Muffin The Mule. Imagine my shock and horror when the results came up! Mrs Raggedy was appalled that we hadn't tried it. I think anyone using Google to search for such images should be whipped! Me first! :-D
  • Marky M.
    I did a google images search for 'blow jobs' and saw everything but.
  • I n.
    @ Marky Mark I did too but all I kept on getting was images of Steve Jobs
  • I n.
    Now where has my email provider gone to, I keep on trying to sign in to Hot Male and keep on getting naked men....shocking!
  • Burt r.
    I just did a search for two girls one cup..........and wanked so hard I fell off my chair!
  • Talia
    I got an unexpected penis in my first image tonight on A search :-(

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