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Google users must now be more explicit to find porn

Published on Dec 14, 2012 6:10 AM
 
A posed picture of a man surfing for pornography. United States Google users on the prowl for erotic images needed to be more explicit on Thursday after the search engine was tuned to avoid delivering porn in results for "ambiguous" queries such as "boobs". -- PHOTO: MOHD ISHAK

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - United States Google users on the prowl for erotic images needed to be more explicit on Thursday after the search engine was tuned to avoid delivering porn in results for "ambiguous" queries such as "boobs".

An adjustment to Google search rolled out in the country over several days simplified image search settings from three modes to two, with the default being one that is cautious about revealing adult content.

The change put image search in step with other Google query categories such as video or web and was intended to err on the conservative side if terms could be interpreted in more ways than the simply salacious.

Examples give by Google included "boobs," a word used to refer to nincompoops as well as to women's breasts.

 
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