Google accidentally blocks mobile porn searches

By on November 26, 2010, 2:19 PM
Users recently noticed that Google's mobile search stopped serving up unfiltered search results, and a flood of complaints to the company's support forums followed. Earlier this week, many mobile users found that they could no longer turn off SafeSearch, which blocks web pages containing explicit sexual content, when searching with Google, according to BNET.

After two days of complaints, a Google employee stated that the company is aware of the issue. Then users began to complain about the delays in support. The next day, engineers found the problem and started rolling out a fix that could "take a few hours to complete."

The problem was widespread and extended not only to Google's own Android phones, but also to Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry. Of course, some users speculated that the action was intentional and Google wanted to censor search results. Most realized that this argument was invalid, given that if you switched to the normal version of the search engine everything worked just fine; the issue only affected the mobile version.

It's good news that Google fixed the problem in just a few days. Nevertheless, users need to remember that relying solely on the search giant for all our Internet needs is not a good idea.


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