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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:13 PM

Google tweaks image search to make porn harder to find

Search for porn using Google Image Search today and you might not find much.

The company rolled out a change to its image search algorithm overnight that makes it tougher to stumble across adult pictures, whether or not you're searching for them.

Here's how a Google representative explains the change:

"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."

In other words, if you have SafeSearch turned off, you can still probably find anything you're looking for by appending the word "porn" to your search.

full: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57558795-93/google-tweaks-image-search-to-make-porn-harder-to-find/

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Reply Google tweaks image search to make porn harder to find (Original post)
alp227 Dec 2012 OP
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #1
Chan790 Dec 2012 #3
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #6
Throckmorton Dec 2012 #8
Chan790 Dec 2012 #11
onehandle Dec 2012 #2
TreasonousBastard Dec 2012 #4
theKed Dec 2012 #14
justice1 Dec 2012 #5
theKed Dec 2012 #15
JPZenger Dec 2012 #7
srican69 Dec 2012 #10
AngryAmish Dec 2012 #13
theKed Dec 2012 #16
FSogol Dec 2012 #9
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #12

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:26 PM

1. Damn, I keep forgetting none in the US have sex 'till 35. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:38 PM

3. That would make me the outlier by 21 years! n/t

1994 was a very good year for farm boys from NW CT.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:36 AM

6. ...

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:05 AM

8. 1976 wasn't a half bad year either for farm boys from NW CT.

Im from Litchfield, U?

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Response to Throckmorton (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:11 AM

11. Burlington. Later, we moved to Hartford. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:35 PM

2. Google = Big Brother. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:39 PM

4. Yet another reason to use Bing.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:45 AM

14. Cmon now

I think we all know there's really never any reason to use Bing.

I'd rather usr Yahoo search.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:01 AM

5. I get it, someone casually looking for a facial, might get a bit of a surprise, otherwise.

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Response to justice1 (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:47 AM

15. This, I believe,

is the underlying plot to a good number of porn videos.

Sorry. "Plot".

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:01 AM

7. a woman at work tried to look up the BJs store and...

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Response to JPZenger (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:22 AM

10. she wanted to search images of bj store??

Naughty naughty

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Response to srican69 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:30 AM

13. there is a store for that?

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:48 AM

16. Clearly

I have been shopping in the wrong malls.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:06 AM

9. Is it now safe to google the term "Farm Animals?"

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:26 AM

12. I would like the ability to search for something without having to change the SafeSearch setting

and not see that stuff when I am not looking for it. Don't you have to be logged in to use SafeSearch?

So all a kid has to do is just log off from an account and the censor is gone?

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