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Google makes it harder to find porn pictures

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Search giant Google has altered its image search algorithm, making it harder for users to stumble across porn pictures accidentally.

Bringing Google Image search in line with the company’s web and video services, both of which already filter out pornographic or adult themed sites unless directly searched for, the newly revised image services will remove risqué material for seemingly innocent search terms.

"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,” an official Google spokesperson told CNET.

"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."

The changes, which have caused much backlash from users, apply to Google’s ‘SafeSearch’ setting have reduced the number of filtering options with users now only on or off when deciding if they want to ‘filter explicit results’. As well as targeting pornographic content, the new image restrictions have been introduced in a bid to remove violent or potentially disturbing content.

What do you make of the new Google Image search restrictions; do you think it is a good or a bad thing? Share your thoughts on the matter with us via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment section below.

Via: TheTelegraph

Steve Lambert

December 14, 2012, 5:30 pm

Makes sense to me, this isn't censoring anything. What exactly are "users" kicking off about anyway?

paul fox

December 16, 2012, 11:16 am

I entered "teen faces covered in jizz" and the first hit was naughty. Their algorithm needs more work.

CJ6699

December 16, 2012, 8:06 pm

Did you not read the article? It filters unless you directly search for it and your search is rather direct don't you think? If you replace the words"jizz" with cream.........then you still get naughty sites, albeit the 4th recommendation. Algorithm needs more work!

Steve Wilford

December 17, 2012, 12:03 pm

sarcasm fail

BW

December 20, 2012, 4:16 pm

They really bought the farm when they didn't offer a "Permanently disable SafeSearch" button for people who hate the policy. You can muck around for hours and still not be able to reverse what this has wrought.

Google just gave the finger to many hundreds of millions of users, with no email complaint channel - so they will feel it in the stock price and perhaps cruise missiles

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