A wise man once said, “Hell hath no fury like a man’s porn takeneth away.” While Google isn’t necessarily blocking porn sites from showing up in the normal web search, some changes Google made today to their Image Search is enraging a few lazy pr0n surfers. Users are noticing that, regardless of their SafeSearch filter setting, Google Image Search is no longer displaying the typical explicit images that come from from the usual search queries. Before you freak out, no this isn’t the Mayan apocalypse, and this isn’t Google censoring the web. Google’s just tweaked some things. In a statement to CNET, Google had this to say on the changes to their image search algorithm:
“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.”
Now, I wouldn’t really know, but I’d assume when people go searching for their evening “reading” material, the last place they travel is to Google image search. Of course, it’s also been awhile since I was in 6th grade. No matter. Do you guys think Google might be overstepping their boundaries by double filtering SafeSearch? Does anyone find it unfair that you now have to search extra hard (no pun intended) when looking for explicit material? What’s next? Searching for “Apple” brings 5 pages of fresh produce before presented with the evil logo we’ve all come to loathe? Guess there’s always Bing.