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Porn restricted by Google Instant Preview service

Exclusive but not in other search modes
Tue Nov 09 2010, 16:48

ADULT MOVIES and searches for pornography using Google's Instant Preview service present no preview images despite the same terms under video search producing thumbnail pictures.

Google launched its Instant Preview service today that sees users' searches result in a magnifying glass-like symbol appearing on the search results' right hand side. Clicking on any one of these activates the preview images, but not for sexual subject matter where there is no magnifying glass at all. Searches for "killing" and "serial killers" however have no such restrictions.

Google said of its one rule for Instant and one rule for normal search, "If you leave your safe search setting on 'moderate', however, we will not show Instant Previews for certain results that we believe will contain pornographic content in the snapshot."

Despite this Instant Preview policy, images of a sexual nature do appear in the normal video search results for both porn and adult movies when safe settings are set to moderate.

Google's sales pitch for its Instant Preview feature is that it has found that users are five per cent happier about their searches with the preview option. But not if they like their porn, obviously. No background statistical data is given to substantiate this five per cent figure.

One wonders why they bothered if it's only five per cent, rather like the Instant service itself that Google claims saves the user five seconds per search. Honestly, how long have these people got left to live that five seconds is so important?

But perhaps Instant Preview will give Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz another excuse to blame Comscore's method of calculation for why her company's web portal is losing market share. µ

 

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