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Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

Has anyone noticed that Google SafeSearch is now mandatory?

Starting a couple months ago, Google took away the ability to turn off SafeSearch for its .com domains, although the sites in other countries still had that ability. I started a thread on Google Groups and all Google would say was that they weren't censoring anything, people just had to be more specific in their queries. That was demonstrated to be false.

Now Google has made this change to all their sites world-wide.

Instead of the old three options of "Off", "Moderate" and "Strict", you now have "Show most relevant results" and "Filter explicit results". The latter is equivalent to strict filtering and the former is the equivalent of moderate filtering.

There is now no way to get unfiltered search results using Google!

Some people will say that it doesn't matter because there are other ways to find porn. That ignores the bigger picture. How do you know what's being filtered? Can you guarantee that only porn is being filtered? No, you can't. How do you trust filtered search results if you can't turn the filters off for comparison?

Who appointed Google the net's nanny?


KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK
All the lawyers and politicians in the USA who blame Google for actually delivering search results you were interested in.


FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
reply to Rekrul
Not true.
quote:
Search Settings
Search results
Languages
Location
Help
SafeSearch filters

How much explicit sexual content (web pages, images, and videos) should SafeSearch filter from your results?
No filtering Moderate Strict
Lock SafeSearch

my settings are set to "no filtering"

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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.

Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT
said by FFH5:

Not true.

quote:
Search Settings
Search results
Languages
Location
Help
SafeSearch filters

How much explicit sexual content (web pages, images, and videos) should SafeSearch filter from your results?
No filtering Moderate Strict
Lock SafeSearch

my settings are set to "no filtering"

Then you're the exception because everyone else is only seeing two options; "Show most relevant results" and "Filter explicit results".

Advanced Image Search options



Dropdown box on the results page



skeechan
Ai Otsukaholic
Premium
join:2012-01-26
AA169|170
kudos:2
reply to Rekrul
Bing for boobies


fatness
subtle
Premium,ex-mod 01-13
join:2000-11-17
fishing
kudos:14
reply to FFH5
said by FFH5:

Not true.

quote:
Search Settings
Search results
Languages
Location
Help
SafeSearch filters

How much explicit sexual content (web pages, images, and videos) should SafeSearch filter from your results?
No filtering Moderate Strict
Lock SafeSearch

my settings are set to "no filtering"

So are mine. I don't remember how I did it though.
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my pants are parched and thirsty


FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
said by fatness:

said by FFH5:

Not true.

quote:
Search Settings
Search results
Languages
Location
Help
SafeSearch filters

How much explicit sexual content (web pages, images, and videos) should SafeSearch filter from your results?
No filtering Moderate Strict
Lock SafeSearch

my settings are set to "no filtering"

So are mine. I don't remember how I did it though.

I did my changes thru an iPad and then saved them to my profile. Maybe Google hasn't changed the "Settings" interface to a mobile device like an iPad. And then the saved settings carry over to all the different platforms.
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.


jap
Premium
join:2003-08-10
038xx
reply to Rekrul
For the hell of it I trialed Blekko about a year ago and happily kept it as primary search engine. About 85% of my searches are satisfied there. Blekko's algorithms slowly move towards more presumptive behavior but still a sizable gap between them and the Goog. Not nearly as much localization or highly leverages "relevancy" ordering. Fast, clean interface, nice /options in search field. Recommend peeps try it for a few weeks.