Search For Child Day Care Site & Google Suggests Porn Site

Dec 31, 2008 • 8:28 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Conduct a search for the child day care site KindyList and you might be presented with a "Did You Mean?" suggestion from Google. The issue is that Google is suggesting you search for Candylist instead, which is far from a child friendly site, it is a pornography site.

Here is a screen shot of me searching for KindList: vs

Notice the Did You Mean? at the top. When you click on Candylist, you get this search result: vs

If you click through, you get nudity, pornography and so on.

Yes, Google's "did you mean" results are purely algorithmic, but I agree with the webmaster here. The webmaster complained in a Google Webmaster Help thread saying that this is just not appropriate. I agree. The did you mean algorithm is nice and very useful, but it needs checks for these types of cases. Should the did you mean ever return a X-rate set of results for a non-X-rated originating set of results? I don't think so.

Forum discussion continued at Google Webmaster Help.

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