Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 22:03 UTC
Google A change to anything related to Google Search - the product so many of us rely on - is never going to go by unnotoced. This time around, Google has altered Image Search for US users to alter the way it handles that ever so important aspect of the web - adult content.
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RE[9]: porn destroys cultures
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 14th Dec 2012 21:16 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: porn destroys cultures"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

This is your problem, is not censorship, is filtering, is like saying an open triple A tv channel is censuring porn because is not exposing it, there is a place and time for each thing, that is what you don't understand.

Wow... so removing images of what a small number of overly-insecure people deems as inappropriate for everyone is no longer considered censorship. Never mind the fact that Google doesn't clearly explain why this has been done and how to get around it for those who don't want to be restricted (or just put it where it's expected, back in the options), so most people will be left with no other way than switching search engines.

The Internet is not broadcast television; everyone uses it differently. Not everyone is forced to see the same tame "family-friendly" garbage Fox wants you to see. I don't think anyone would type "threesome" or "blowjob" by mistake, and those queries show intent as clearly as it could possibly be. Filtering the results of such obviously adult-oriented searches is most definitely censorship.

You can "filter" ads from ever being displayed in your web browser, but this is more often referred to by what it actually does: "ad blocking." You can control your entire home Internet connection by "filtering" certain entire categories of websites using OpenDNS, but the end result is that you're censoring your Internet connection by selectively choosing what web sites are able to be visited. In other words, blocking what you see as inappropriate.

This is effectively censoring for the majority of people, who will not know the tricks to bypass it, because Google doesn't tell them. Some of these people will probably end up switching search engines as a result. Hell, if the competition didn't mostly suck, I probably would have considered switching myself over this just over the fact that Google is trying to play net nanny here--and I don't even use Google for porn.

Filtering, blocking, censoring... there's not much of a difference here in the end result. "Filtering" is just a method of excluding/blocking/censoring content.

Edited 2012-12-14 21:16 UTC

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RE[10]: porn destroys cultures
by Hiev on Fri 14th Dec 2012 21:23 in reply to "RE[9]: porn destroys cultures"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Never mind the fact that Google doesn't clearly explain why this has been done and how to get around it for those who don't want to be restricted

Why did Google didn't add an option for opt out? I don't know, but what would that be relevant? if you want porn, you don't go to Google images, that's for sure.

Google is trying to play net nanny here

Some of these people will probably end up switching search engines as a result.

yeah, the ones looking for porn in google images for sure, how many of those freaks are out there? is a mistery.

Filtering, blocking, censoring... there's not much of a difference here in the end result. "Filtering" is just a method of excluding/blocking/censoring content.

Yes there is, but as the rest of the complainers, seems like you want everybody to see porn as something armless and part of our every day life, so you don't feel judged, and create all this whole argument about censorship just to mask the fact, that you don't want to be judged for the sick things you look at the internet.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Yes there is, but as the rest of the complainers, seems like you want everybody to see porn as something armless and part of our every day life, so you don't feel judged, and create all this whole argument about censorship just to mask the fact, that you don't want to be judged for the sick things you look at the internet.

No, my whole point from the beginning (which you still seem to fail, more likely refuse, to understand) is that everyone should be free to decide what they want based on what they believe. Don't want porn? Great, you're all set right from the start; it should be blocked by default, to avoid offending anyone who just does not want to see it under any circumstances for whatever reason. You know--people like you.

Don't want other people telling you what you should do? Once again, it should be a simple option that can easily be found on the settings page for those who want it. That would clearly be a choice for people to willingly make, not forcing anything onto anyone. You know... opt-in. Don't want it? Don't check that box. No harm done.

If anything, this would give the anti-porn people the advantage by blocking it by default just like it always has, so seriously, explain how the fuck this would be "forcing" any views onto anyone?

And speak for yourself--not all porn is "sick things." There you go again, purposely using terms like "sick things" to describe everything down to an uncovered female nipple. You want to see some "real" sick things? Try goatse or some other shock site. Try some of the truly disturbing, highly-niche crap that probably no one in their right mind would want to see.

By the way, I said it before, Google is the last place I would ever go to actually seek any kind of porn from, but I have always kept the image filters off. Why? Because not only am I mature enough to handle a few tits if they do show up, I don't want my results censored or skewed by any group of people over any belief that I do not share.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

yeah, the ones looking for porn in google images for sure, how many of those freaks are out there? is a mistery.

Millions of adults enjoy eroticism. The "freaks" are those asexual weirdos who can't understand why other adults would enjoy erotic material.

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