Google Gadget Porn Becomes an Issue

May 7, 2009 • 8:28 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

A Google Web Search Help thread reports that iGoogle is starting to get hit with lots of Google Gadget Porn. Via the thread, I found several Google Gadgets that show pornography including frontal nudity and link to pornographic sites.

If you do not want to see porn, do not click on this Google Gadget. The Babe Of The Day Google Gadget, if added to iGoogle, will show you a topless girl. If you click on the topless girl, it would take you to http://babe.pro/babes/, which contains pictures of fully nude women. Here is a censored picture of the Google Gadget:

google gadget porn

The thing is, there are many examples of Google Gadgets like this. The Google Web Search Help thread has a Googler saying that "pornographic content isn't allowed." What is the issue? Well, these gadgets are ending up on school computers.

I am hoping that someone from Google will be reading this. I am working with teachers and students creating wikis and adding Google Gadgets to their site. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from a teacher asking about all the nude and sex gadgets. They were NOT there before, can I assume you were hacked? Please fix this or let me know what is happening. This is VERY disturbing. I can't have students use that site if they are going to stay.

Google said they will manually remove these gadgets, but can they keep up? They certainly had their issues with porn on other Google properties.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

No Name

05/12/2009 08:04 am

i m sure Google will fix this things ASAP

Mohan Arun L.

10/28/2010 04:37 am

What does Google think of itself? Police of the internet? They can prevent gadget porn from appearing in google-owned directory (gmodules) but they cant prevent porn sites hosting the .xml file on their own servers.

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