Google updates image search algorithm, makes it harder to find porn

By Shawn Knight
Dec 13, 2012
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  1. Google has implemented a new image search algorithm that now makes it much more difficult to find pornographic photos using the popular search engine, even with SafeSearch disabled. Google claims they are not censoring any adult content but there are...

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  2. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    I always wondered about this. I remember searching for something completely random and the whole second page had a bunch of porn >_>

    That's what I get for having the safe search off lol
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,018   +683

    "I ran a few queries with SafeSearch disabled to see if it was really as ?bad? as Redditors were saying. I have no doubt that some of the terms I searched for would have otherwise pulled up some questionable photos but sure enough, I didn?t get any pornographic results with the first couple of terms. It wasn?t until I added supporting terms like ?porn? or ?nude? that I got some hits in the right direction."

    Sounds like some good worthwhile research in the name of reporting to me. You really got into this story and got your hands dirty. ;)

    Reminds me of my high school's dean of dicipline when asked what he would do if he caught a student with p0rn... his answer, 'Oh, I'd have to confiscate it immediately.'
  4. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 153   +22

    If it means I see less images of men's junk I approve
  5. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 671   +202

    Kudos to Google. Now if they'd just stop reading my email I'd start using their services again.
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  6. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +119

    Searching for " mens junk" as suggested by the bexwhitt just brings up lots of images of t-shirts for me.

    However, when searching for the childrens book " My big book of pretty pussies" its a whole different story.. blushes..

    New algorithm not so good IMO :)
  7. WTH..!! Oh cum on!!!
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  8. noel24

    noel24 Newcomer, in training Posts: 28   +8

    Well, since according to some studies, p0rn constitutes some 70% of web traffic, isn't this a shot on a foot for gUUgle?
  9. Time to Google for porn and see what happens!
  10. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 410   +75

    Lmao nice search term there!

    honestly I'd be happy if google can crack down on those BS sites that always occupy the first 3-5 spots in the results that just mimic whatever you search for and lead you to some adware junk app that promises to do anything and everything.
  11. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    Then they need to make an individual search engine just for porn, they can call it:
    Google Tube
    a Google of videos and pictures, in one simple, easy, Google search.

    hopefully Apple doesn't have a patent on that already.
     
  12. Timonius

    Timonius TechSpot Booster Posts: 573   +31

    The flipside of the algorithm making it more difficult to find porn is that when intentially seeking porn the results for it will likely be 'better'. Not gonna test my theory as results may still be subjective but the 'reverse code' is there.
  13. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,917   +119 Staff Member

    Naww, what kind of a Christmas present is this Google?
  14. bielius

    bielius TechSpot Booster Posts: 227   +14

    Good one Per!
    Not that I search for porn there, but it sounds like a good feature.
  15. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    Now I have to search harder to get those images up.
  16. I typed in porn and Bin Laden came up....
  17. vis12345

    vis12345 TechSpot Member Posts: 46

    Google isn't good for complex/double meaning words. As it gives unrelated links. Just stopping porn is just removing 1-5% out of 100%
  18. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    Woah, woah, woah!

    You were paid to write this article in which your research consisted of looking for porn on Google Images?

    Sure beats what I do for a living...
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Relax Per, you only wind up on Google's "naughty list", if you don't use your bookmarks properly, and often.....;)


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