Google Drops Report Offensive Images From New Image Search

Jul 28, 2010 • 8:59 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

A week or so ago, Google launched the Google Image Search redesign. With that, they left out an important feature, the ability to report offensive images.

Yesterday, I spotted a thread at Google Web Search Help with someone who complained that a SafeSearch didn't filter out an image. I was about to tell the guy to use the "report offensive image" feature but then I looked for the feature and it was gone.

What I see now:

Report Images on New Google Images

What I saw in the old design:

Report Images on Google

As pointed out in the thread, the feature rarely worked anyway and the better way to remove offensive images was to use the web page removal tool linked to from the SafeSearch page. But that to me is more confusing than the old way.

Will Google bring it back?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Google sent me a response, which seems to imply that they forgot and will add something in the near future:

We're still using the SafeSearch filter, set to "moderate" by default, to filter pornographic or offensive images from the search results.

Most of our SafeSearch filtering is done automatically -- user reports just supplement that filter. While no filter is 100 percent accurate, we're continuing to update SafeSearch to keep it as current and comprehensive as possible.

To your question -- in the new UI we didn't include the old reporting link; we're working on a new way for users to report offensive images directly from the new image results grid. We don’t have a specific timeframe for that, but in the meantime, our webpage removal request tool is available as always to report offensive content that SafeSearch may have missed.

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Comments:

Hans

08/06/2010 11:34 am

We can still use the removal request tool? Well I can't. With me, that tool stopped working for images a few months ago. All the removal requests of pornographic images I reported since have been denied. Only webpages still get removed.

Moses

11/16/2010 07:22 am

I am stupefied, astounded by the fact that Google forgot this absolutely critical feature. We need to protect our children from this crazy world and now we have to wait until our hand are not cut off any more!

Drew

01/29/2011 10:50 pm

I saw a very offensive image when I was looking up a simple keyword "Totodile" which is a Pokémon, only it was yahoo search. I can't report it! My dad checks this laptop and I could get in trouble for that. That porn image IS NOT what I was looking for.

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