Porn Continues to Invade Google Web Search Through Universal Search

Jun 24, 2008 • 7:14 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

I continue to report porn on Google over here, at Search Engine Land, via email to Googlers, via Twitter and Plurk and so on. But it seems that this is a battle Google is not winning. Why is this such an issue, because if a kid searches on his or her new bathroom, he or she may see this result:

More Google Porn

I blocked out parts of the image for obvious reasons. But this is an issue that I see prop up time and time again, since Google began adding images to search results.

But now Google has added a "report images" link, it looks like this:

More Google Porn

So I clicked it and was shown this:

More Google Porn

I clicked "Confirm" and was offered a thank you:

More Google Porn

It is nice to see Google adding that method of reporting offensive images but it might be a bit too late now?

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06/24/2008 12:03 pm

I love porn, kids do too!

Rich Brooks

06/24/2008 12:14 pm

From the screen captures it appears you can only report all 3 images at once, unfairly harming the two images with out the, um, model. Is this the case or was there some way of reporting just the one image that isn't shown?

Barry Schwartz

06/24/2008 12:16 pm

I guess it is reporting the search result overall, which is fine.


06/24/2008 02:07 pm

when machines fail...


06/24/2008 03:38 pm

Barry - are you sure those aren't personalized results? j/k. I reported the result as well to see if it makes a difference, though I'm guessing that you writing about it will have more of an impact (at least on that specific search)

Amit Verma

06/25/2008 05:26 am

And now, we are not getting that offensive image there in the search results. Good.

Bill Kruse

06/25/2008 01:21 pm

I think a collective growing up and getting over it might be the simplest answer. People like sex, it sells, it's big business. Move on. BB


06/25/2008 02:41 pm

BB... I think the important point is that it shouldn't pop up for irrelevant searches. I know my wife would not be fond of that "new bathroom" decoration.


06/26/2008 08:58 pm

Damn it looks like the image is no longer there. :-) Do/did you have safesearch turned off?

Barry Schwartz

06/26/2008 09:16 pm

Safe search was set to the default.

Rob Abdul

07/01/2008 09:40 pm

The result is still relevant, (one sees a bathroom, does one disagrre with one on that?) a bit more than you bargained for! (I would be offended if she was clothed in the same picture, that wouldn’t make sense). $100’s says that the most clicked-on image was that one! James and Bill, right on! Ms, you missed out; it worked when I tried it! Had to see it to believe it. Google do a sterling job, they cannot always prevent determined hardened, black-hat, individuals that exploit the system (rather intelligent individuals one must add to beat the Yale/Harvard graduates working for Google).


05/08/2009 09:41 pm

To state the obvious which it seems some commenter's don't see - the issue here is searching for something unrelated to porn and having pornographic images appearing in one's search results. Several comments don't seem to get it. It's got nothing to do with "sex selling". To dismiss this by saying "get over it" or "move on" demonstrates a couldn't care less attitude. This is a serious issue and Google had better start to take it seriously before it gets out of hand.


05/27/2010 03:18 pm

I report crap on Google all the time and I don't know if this works. I really hope it does

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