Google Changes How You Search For Porn

Dec 13, 2012 • 8:45 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Images SafeSearch Warning

Google has changed how their Google Images SafeSearch filter work. Now by default, Google will take the stricter approach to filtering explicit images for showing up in the image results. Now, the only way for the explicit results to show up is to:

(1) Toggle the SafeSearch filter to check off the "Filter explicit results"
(2) Search for very explicit queries

There are dozens of complaints in the Google Web Search Help forums about this, in which Googler, Albert Choi responded:

This change actually doesn’t prevent anyone from getting to the content they want to see. So, if you search for explicit content, you’ll be able to find it -- just make sure your query reflects this intent, and Google will show the most relevant content for the search.

Here is the new toggle option for filtering or displaying explicit images:

Google Filter explicit results

In the past, it showed SafeSearch Off, Moderate or On. Now it is just on or off.

With it on, results may look like this if they are explicit:

google boobs filtered

With it off, results will show up:

google boobs unfiltered

Here is a video on how the new filters work:

Don't like it? I hear Bing Image Search has some awesome porn.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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12/13/2012 03:06 pm

Are the images really necessary for this post?


12/13/2012 05:31 pm



12/13/2012 06:02 pm

The images are necessary for everything.


12/13/2012 09:19 pm

Personally I think this is a good move by Google. So many blogs prattling on about censorship I like it because it makes it just that little bit harder for a kid who doesn't want to view porn to stumble across it. Anyone who has seen my comments know that I have been pretty anti Google. However this move is good.


12/13/2012 10:28 pm

I honestly preferred it having any of the 3 options at a single click instead of just being on or off. When actually looking for non porn pictures that you will want to use for some purpose of displaying them, moderate filter was a great and almost necessary option for finding the better pictures because off gave you mostly porn and on filtered more than just porn. It was a great in between.


12/14/2012 12:37 am

Thank you. Google out. Bing in.


12/14/2012 01:45 pm



12/16/2012 03:37 pm

A kid who doesn't want to view porn. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Dave Davies

10/18/2013 04:31 pm

So Barry ... was this the most fun you've had researching an article? ;)

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