Very Explicit Porn Hits Google Universal Search

Mar 19, 2008 • 6:50 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Warning, clicking on the following Google search result may return an image of extreme pornographic nature. The image is of a woman's vagina and is found on a pornographic site, but the image appears to be hosted on Google's Blogger network.

The search phrase is a common search in Google Web search for hot celebrities (warning, there may be an image that you don't want to see or don't want your kids to see). The image comes up at the top of the page, above the organic results, in the top universal search spot. I will not share a complete screen shot, but I will share a very censored version (just so it is documented), if you really want a full screen shot, go to this blog.

Google Porn For Hot Keyword (Universal Search)

I have notified several of my contacts at Google before writing this post but told them I would blog it.

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03/19/2008 11:35 am

How rude!


03/19/2008 01:16 pm

I thought maybe this only showed up if you had Safe Search off, but it also shows up if you are on Moderate Safe Search. If you go to Strict, all Image results are removed from the search. There is a HUGE difference in the image results if you are on Strict, Moderate or Off.

Barry Schwartz

03/19/2008 02:12 pm

Well, yea, plus you dont have to go to image search - it is a normal google web search that triggers it.

Michael VanDeMar

03/19/2008 02:55 pm

<blockquote>Well, yea, plus you dont have to go to image search - it is a normal google web search that triggers it.</blockquote> Right, but if you have strict safe search enabled then no images appear in the universal search at all. The thing is, this is <i>exactly</i> the kind of thing that Moderate Safe Search is supposed to catch: <i>Google's SafeSearch blocks web pages containing explicit sexual content from appearing in search results. * Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images) * Use moderate filtering (Filter explicit images only - default behavior) * Do not filter my search results.</i> Also, I am betting that they will manually tweak this one result as opposed to removing all images in Universal Search until this is fixed, which means that there very well could be more of this for other phrases in the near future.

Barry Schwartz

03/19/2008 03:07 pm

In any event, this is far from "moderate" anyway...

Matt Cutts

03/19/2008 05:37 pm

It's on its way out.


03/19/2008 10:21 pm

Hi guys, thanks for looking into this. Since i originally found the problem and reported it on my blog the story has been all around and hopefully will now force people at google to take a closer look at the problems with safesearch. Bryn


04/23/2008 01:32 am

If you search for "knuckles" you get a picture that is kinda inappropriate too. A threesome. How do you report something like that?


05/12/2009 02:35 pm

you think thats bad if safe search is off and you search the word 'big' in images porn pops up everywhere

No Name

11/12/2009 02:27 am

It's good that there is safesearch but shouldn't the images and videos go to Google before they are airred


12/05/2009 12:23 pm

haha so what bit ofpussy is good !!


07/22/2010 11:18 pm

Google doesn't review its videos before they are 'live', they allow a process of public moderation, i.e. you can flag a video as inappropriate and Google will review it to deem if your reasons for wanting a video is valid enough to have it removed. There are several reasons for this: the first is that Google is not a 'Producer' in the sense of owning the content distributed on its sites, and the second is that billions of video are be uploaded each year of varying durations and to have a staff team capable of previewing each one as well as a set process of previewing criteria, and a panel of reviewers to validate the initial review would be insurmountable. As for Hot Celebrities search, on moderate safe search there should not be any explicit images but also celebrity pictures displayed with the intention of finding "attractive celebrities" should be filtered also as celebrity media is part of a greater issue concerning body image, which causes women and men to have expectations that can never be met and often cause severe and debilitating life long issues such as Bulimia. However, knuckles is completely harmless :)

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