Google Images Returns Pornographic Results in Less Than 1 Second
The problem, however, is that in recent years, Google has changed its algorithm and now allows much more extreme and sexually explicit images to populate in its product than previously. We urge Google to by default turn on SafeSearch for all users, allowing them to turn it off if they want to see such images, or we request that Google fix the algorithm to limit the type and number of pornographic images to populate.
Google already made such a change:
This is proof that Google can fix the problem of images pulled in from hardcore pornography websites in Google Images.
Below, there are screenshots to show exactly what young people are seeing when they type in specific terms into Google Images. We usually wouldn’t include those in an article like this, however, we feel it is necessary for adults to understand the world our young people are living in. Your action is necessary in order to demand a safer online environment and move Google to care about fixing these problems.
Currently, if one types in “sex” with SafeSearch turned off (a thing countless kids are likely doing to learn more about the subject not readily discussed by the adults in their life), you can scroll for a long time and you will not see scientific images of genitalia or reproductive images. Instead, you are met with thousands of hardcore pornography images, where penetration is clearly visible with a focus on the genitalia. A number of the images depict what looks like gangbangs and are coming directly from hardcore pornography websites.
If you search “BDSM”, a term made so popular with the excitement of Fifty Shades of Grey and one surely spiking the curiosity of lots of children, within a fraction of a second Google Images populates with hundreds of thousands of photographs depicting sexual torture.
Similarly, if one types in “oral sex” with SafeSearch turned off, nearly every image depicts sex acts with a focus on the genitalia.
Join The National Center on Sexual Exploitation in requesting Google make improvements.
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