Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:13 AM
alp227 (29,751 posts)
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.
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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:26 PM
LiberalFighter (35,171 posts)
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?