Google Suggest Leads to 14 Year Old Stripping

Jan 11, 2010 • 8:49 am | comments (8) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

We asked earlier today if Google should censor non-adult search suggestions. Google does censor out adult-oriented or illegal suggestions. But often they do not get censored unless someone really points it out in a public setting.

A Google Web Search Help thread points out the next upsetting search suggestion found on Google. Now, it isn't upsetting to me that Google is showing it, it is upsetting to me why Google is showing this. I'll explain in a bit. Here is a picture showing the search suggestion for [14 year old stripping].

google 14 suggest

Yea, Google is showing a search suggestion for [14 year old stripping.] Why? I guess because it is a popular query associated with the number 14. People who enter in 14 into Google are very likely to search for [14 year old stripping]. That is what is sad to me.

In any event, Google will remove the both adult-oriented and illegal search suggestion soon enough.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Update: Google has removed the search suggestion and updated the forum thread explaining why:

Thank you for alerting me about this inappropriate query suggestion. The phrase that you reported falls into the category of pornographic terms that we'd consider for filtering from query suggestions. Will let you know if there are any updates to share.

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