Score 1 for family-friendly web browsing: Google has changed its image search algorithm to prevent pornographic content from accidentally showing up in results.
The move isn’t intended to censor material, says the company. It just wants to make sure provocative images are served up only when users are actually looking for them. That means searches for x-rated images need to be specific. Google explains: “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.”
So even if SafeSearch is activated, adding the word “porn” to the search string should bring up desired results. Well, at least in theory — some users are reporting that they still can’t locate the steamy stuff, even with SafeSearch turned off.
While people with kids and others may breath a sigh of relief, some “pic-blocked” porn hunters may have some frustration heading their way.
Have you ever run into adult-oriented images accidentally? Do you think Google did the right thing here, or do you see it as a form of censorship? Weigh in.