Google Implements Safer Search Settings to Avoid Porn for Image Search

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Searching images on Google can be risky business, especially if there's an underage viewer nearby. Double meanings and innuendos can turn an otherwise innocent search query into a rather steamy slideshow, and that can be hard to explain if your kid, wife, or boss strolls by at the wrong time. Google isn't oblivious to the issue, and to help avoid such incidents from playing out, it's making adjustments to its image search engine.

"We've simplified SafeSearch settings on image search and the new default behaves similarly to what most users had as the default previously ('moderate')," Google said in a statement.

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On the flip side, Google isn't looking to censor your search results, and if you want to look for triple-X photos, you can still do so. You can still find adult themed images without changing the settings, you may just have to be a little more descriptive when typing out what it is you're looking for.

"We want to show users exactly what they are looking for -- but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them," Google added. "We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you're looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting -- you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings work the same way as in web and video search."

Alternately, you can flip SafeSearch off altogether and run wild on the web.

This latest changes follows a series of tweaks Google has been making lately, including a new streamlined look to its search results page, and smarter search results for its Google Now technology.
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Dorkstar replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 10:59 AM

Oh google images, how many times have you nearly gotten me busted at work? 

  I used to work in the purchasing department of a medical equipment repair company.  So naturally I was always searching for parts needed for those repairs.  Sometimes I just needed to see the part so I could find the guys an alternative somewhere else.  You'd be surprised at how often 488-38823-32 would turn up a naked woman bent over a chair.  Seeing that I worked in the Corporate office, about 4 doors down from the CEO of the company, this always gave me a minor heart attack.

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realneil replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 11:03 AM

LOL! High anxiety at the terminal!

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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sackyhack replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 11:57 AM

Yeah, one time at work I was telling my friend about how Gimp is a nice replacement for some aspects of photoshop. He immediately decided to image search for "gimp samples". Needless to say, he almost ripped the power cord out in a panic.

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OSunday replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 12:07 PM

I remember being in 8th grade at a catholic middle school we were specifically told not to google "fruit" under goggles image search and to be careful with what we looked up because of how often it it would turn up an occasional random nudie.

Of course this caused every 7th and 8th grade guy to go and google fruit specifically to see what would pop up..

hahaha

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0SeanRyan0 replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 12:28 PM

I remember one day in highschool our Animal Science teacher wanted to show everyone what they say the Chupacabra looked like cause of lot of the kids didn't know. As soon as that google image page loaded that screen went off fast! What was seen could not be unseen though by some of the girls, it defiantly was not the Chupacabra I remember. My teacher was so embarrassed that he said that class was dismissed early and I thought he was going to faint from how pale he got.

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Dorkstar replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 1:55 PM

0SeanRyan0:

I remember one day in highschool our Animal Science teacher wanted to show everyone what they say the Chupacabra looked like cause of lot of the kids didn't know. As soon as that google image page loaded that screen went off fast! What was seen could not be unseen though by some of the girls, it defiantly was not the Chupacabra I remember. My teacher was so embarrassed that he said that class was dismissed early and I thought he was going to faint from how pale he got.

Hahaha.  I'm really surprised he didn't get fired.  

I don't think we even used google when I was in school, but I did once draw a penis on the overhead one day.  When the next class came in, the teacher turned the overhead on for the first questions of the day or whatever they were, and had a rather large penis displayed across the white board.  That poor teacher... i saw him shortly after I graduated and he pretended not to know me, lol.

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In English class in Germany, a teacher once searched for POV to give us a better idea. We got ideas, but not the kind she wanted us to.

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Blue waffle anyone?

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