Google Doesn't Want Anything to Do With Internet Pornography

One of Google's less popular but definitely encouraging corporate policies has been their hard stance against pornography. They've thrown an awful lot of their considerable weight against online pornography, and just put into practice two very big moves that will severely limit access to sexually explicit material. First of all, Google will no longer accept advertisements through Google AdWords that promote graphic depictions of sexuality. That means ads that contain or lead to pornography will see a severe drop in clicks that come from Google. The second move was actually launched in March, prohibiting apps sold through Google's app store that contain or promote explicit content. Essentially, if the app is used as either a provider or gateway to pornography, it can no longer be sold through Google ...

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David Stiefel

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David Stiefel replied to Joe Holmes's comment

Easier said than done. The word "filipina" is now practically synonymous with hardcore porn on basically every search engine. And Google's spiders are not smart enough to discern to the contrary. It'll be several more years before Google Images' spiders gain enough intelligence to scan every pixelated image and discern what's porn from what isn't, and block only images that absolutely should be blocked.

Even DeviantArt, which makes its no-porn policy very clear, has a difficult time enforcing its own rules.

Ethan Hagen

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Ethan Hagen commented…

A part of faith in humanity is being restored. This is the best news I have seen on this subject in a long time.

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Ethan Hagen

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Ethan Hagen commented…

A part of faith in humanity is being restored. This is the best news I have seen on this subject in a long time.

Leona Diebel Ince

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Leona Diebel Ince commented…

Way to go GOOGLE!!! There's a reason why you are my favourite search engine!! You have my utmost respect. As a mother of 5 children, Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Dirk the Dragon Slayer

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Dirk the Dragon Slayer commented…

It'd be interesting to know why Google has chosen to do this. Is there any indication as to what their motivation is to choose to do something about pornography?

Nathan K. Campbell

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Nathan K. Campbell commented…

Nonsense. If they really wanted to do something about it they would get rid of the anonymous browsing feature, or at least enable a method of disabling / controlling it. Until they do that, their efforts are disingenuous

Joe Holmes

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Joe Holmes commented…

Then take it off their search engine thatd be a step in the right direction.

David Stiefel

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David Stiefel replied to Joe Holmes's comment

Easier said than done. The word "filipina" is now practically synonymous with hardcore porn on basically every search engine. And Google's spiders are not smart enough to discern to the contrary. It'll be several more years before Google Images' spiders gain enough intelligence to scan every pixelated image and discern what's porn from what isn't, and block only images that absolutely should be blocked.

Even DeviantArt, which makes its no-porn policy very clear, has a difficult time enforcing its own rules.

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