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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 10:26 AM
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Google purchases ad explaining offensive First Lady photo
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Source: Chicago Trib

In an effort to explain why an offensive image of First Lady Michelle Obama is ranked so highly in its Image search results, Google has purchased online ad. The picture, which appears on Google Image Search, shows the photo of a monkey superimposed over the face of the First Lady.

As Search Engine Land reported last week, Google had removed the Obama image saying that the site hosting the image violated Googles guidelines by serving malware to visitors. But the same image remained available on other sites.

The Google ad says this:

Sometimes Google search results from the Internet can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries. We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google.

Search engines are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Internet. A site's ranking in Google's search results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query.

The beliefs and preferences of those who work at Google, as well as the opinions of the general public, do not determine or impact our search results. Individual citizens and public interest groups do periodically urge us to remove particular links or otherwise adjust search results. Although Google reserves the right to address such requests individually, Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority. Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it. We will, however, remove pages from our results if we believe the page (or its site) violates our Webmaster Guidelines, if we believe we are required to do so by law, or at the request of the webmaster who is responsible for the page.

We apologize if you've had an upsetting experience using Google. We hope you understand our position regarding offensive results.
The Google Team

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  -Google purchases ad explaining offensive First Lady photo sabra  Nov-24-09 10:26 AM   #0 
  - Not good enough Google, not good enough by a long shot.  lapfog_1   Nov-24-09 10:33 AM   #1 
  - Hmm  chapayev   Nov-24-09 10:39 AM   #2 
  - Totally Different Meaning!  SkyDaddy7   Nov-24-09 10:42 AM   #3 
  - Your right, the next time they ought to superimpose  twitomy   Nov-24-09 04:48 PM   #45 
     - I did not like the Bush/Chimp thing!  SkyDaddy7   Nov-26-09 07:36 AM   #63 
  - No, because there were no racist implications.  sarge43   Nov-24-09 10:43 AM   #4 
  - Well...  lapfog_1   Nov-24-09 10:46 AM   #5 
  - B*sh IS an effing chimp - if I may say so myself!  chimpymustgo   Nov-24-09 01:30 PM   #38 
  - do i smell pizza? and just in time for lunch...  Soylent Brice   Nov-24-09 11:03 AM   #8 
  - Yes. We thought it was offensive to chimpanzees.  Demit   Nov-24-09 11:16 AM   #11 
  - Considering Bush was acting just like a trained chimp...  KansDem   Nov-24-09 11:20 AM   #12 
  - Pepperoni?  proud2BlibKansan   Nov-24-09 11:23 AM   #14 
  - Nope  gratuitous   Nov-24-09 11:28 AM   #16 
  - No photoshopping was necessary with your former pResident.  Judi Lynn   Nov-24-09 11:36 AM   #18 
  - Oh please...  AngryOldDem   Nov-24-09 11:39 AM   #20 
  - Break on through for pizza delivery, Jimbo!  mitchum   Nov-24-09 12:11 PM   #27 
  - Monkey face on an African-American is a bit different.  Gormy Cuss   Nov-24-09 12:58 PM   #35 
  - The point is that it isn't Google's job, or right, to censor the internet. nt  sudopod   Nov-24-09 03:33 PM   #41 
  - Well but what if something on the internet offends people  JonQ   Nov-26-09 09:38 AM   #67 
     - Life is offensive  Egnever   Nov-26-09 09:16 PM   #76 
  - yes... because he is dumber than one  fascisthunter   Nov-25-09 09:57 AM   #59 
  - That's different, bush was unpopular here  JonQ   Nov-26-09 09:39 AM   #68 
  - Big dif there, pilgrim.  bitchkitty   Nov-26-09 10:59 AM   #71 
  - This Is A Democratic Site, Enjoy Your Stay....... (n/t)  Paladin   Nov-26-09 09:04 PM   #75 
  - Men don't mess with other men's families. It's a cowardly act to do so.  alfredo   Nov-26-09 09:19 PM   #77 
  - Bush wasn't black.  Arkana   Nov-26-09 10:54 PM   #78 
  - Thank you for the welcome!  chapayev   Nov-24-09 10:52 AM   #6 
  - you should support dehumanizing bush. he spent eight years attempting  Soylent Brice   Nov-24-09 11:06 AM   #9 
  - Turn the other cheek, don't wish ill on those who wish ill on you  chapayev   Nov-24-09 11:15 AM   #10 
     - that has absolutely nothing to do with what we're talking about.  Soylent Brice   Nov-24-09 11:25 AM   #15 
     - You're welcome.  chapayev   Nov-24-09 11:39 AM   #19 
     - "think about that one". LMAO i don't know what i would do without you pointing out  Soylent Brice   Nov-24-09 11:44 AM   #22 
        - lulz  chapayev   Nov-24-09 11:47 AM   #24 
           - yeah. don't forget about the DU x-mas party.  Soylent Brice   Nov-24-09 12:16 PM   #28 
           - Don't forget to tip your waitperson. n/t  sarge43   Nov-24-09 12:54 PM   #33 
     - there's defending it  northzax   Nov-24-09 03:51 PM   #43 
     - We're not all Christians here in the Homeland, sorry.  Ignis   Nov-24-09 03:21 PM   #40 
     - take the christian pap and stick it  fascisthunter   Nov-25-09 10:01 AM   #60 
  - If you don't think the racial implications are significant to the argument...  Robb   Nov-24-09 11:31 AM   #17 
  - LMAO. my vote is for both.  Soylent Brice   Nov-24-09 11:46 AM   #23 
  - Sigh.  AtheistCrusader   Nov-24-09 12:54 PM   #34 
  - Google "Santorum." n/t  Ian David   Nov-24-09 11:42 AM   #21 
  - Censorship is not the answer.  Realityhack   Nov-25-09 08:07 AM   #53 
  - fortunately we live in an open and free society.  madrchsod   Nov-24-09 10:52 AM   #7 
  - We should  Steerpike   Nov-24-09 11:22 AM   #13 
  - a comment on ignorance  NJCher   Nov-24-09 11:50 AM   #25 
  - Waitaminute  skyounkin   Nov-24-09 11:54 AM   #26 
  - A lot of people just don't understand that...  TroglodyteScholar   Nov-24-09 12:25 PM   #30 
  - Those damn algorithms.  undeterred   Nov-24-09 12:20 PM   #29 
  - Miserable failure  47of74   Nov-24-09 12:36 PM   #31 
  - No matter how offensive the results  DavidDvorkin   Nov-24-09 12:52 PM   #32 
  - +1  Iowa   Nov-24-09 04:24 PM   #44 
  - +2  Devil_Fish   Nov-24-09 10:02 PM   #49 
  - I agree with one slight side note.  Realityhack   Nov-25-09 08:10 AM   #54 
  - Why should Google EVER censor ANYTHING?  tkmorris   Nov-24-09 01:26 PM   #36 
  - I agree completely.  DavidDvorkin   Nov-24-09 01:27 PM   #37 
  - I think this is blaming Google for what the people who post and propagate the image are doing.  jsamuel   Nov-24-09 02:16 PM   #39 
  - However, as a matter of policy they DO censor images  lapfog_1   Nov-24-09 06:43 PM   #46 
  - It's already censored (if you turn your SafeSearch on)  marshall   Nov-25-09 07:30 AM   #52 
  - That is a half truth at best.  Realityhack   Nov-25-09 08:14 AM   #55 
  - Not a half truth. Your statement is the "half truth"  lapfog_1   Nov-25-09 09:07 AM   #58 
     - "Talk to me about Google and China"  Realityhack   Nov-25-09 01:55 PM   #62 
  - BTW what if I am searching specifically FOR that image?  Realityhack   Nov-25-09 08:15 AM   #56 
     - Yes, for your own good  JonQ   Nov-26-09 10:37 AM   #70 
  - +1  Devil_Fish   Nov-24-09 10:03 PM   #50 
  - Thank you.  Nihil   Nov-25-09 07:16 AM   #51 
  - I agree nt  Crabby Appleton   Nov-26-09 09:06 AM   #66 
  - Somebody needs to turn their Safesearch back on  marshall   Nov-24-09 03:37 PM   #42 
  - i will use Yahoo until the image is removed  mcablue   Nov-24-09 06:52 PM   #47 
  - Good idea, mcablue. You'll have company, believe me, at Yahoo, etc. n/t  Judi Lynn   Nov-24-09 09:20 PM   #48 
  - REC & I don't understand why anyone would unrec this news.  philly_bob   Nov-25-09 09:00 AM   #57 
  - Remember, this hammer swings both ways -  lynne   Nov-25-09 10:20 AM   #61 
  - It is gone from the Goo-Image search results today (Thanksgiving)  panzerfaust   Nov-26-09 07:56 AM   #64 
  - Probably someone has paid for this  Kshasty   Nov-26-09 07:59 AM   #65 
  - There is offensive and potentially racist material on the internet?!?!?  JonQ   Nov-26-09 09:41 AM   #69 
  - seriously...  Jack_DeLeon   Nov-26-09 08:23 PM   #73 
  - The image is disturbing, but I don't want censorship.  ZombieHorde   Nov-26-09 12:21 PM   #72 
     - Exactly. (nt)  w4rma   Nov-26-09 08:35 PM   #74 

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