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Update 2: Microsoft further addressed the issue, as explained in a recent blog post. Bing General Manager Mike Nichols says:

First, potentially explicit images and video content will now be coming from a separate single domain, explicit.bing.net.  This is invisible to the end customer, but allows for filtering of that content by domain which makes it much easier for customers at all levels to block this content regardless of what the SafeSearch settings might be.  This makes it much easier for filtering software to block unwanted content if SafeSearch has been turned off.

In addition, we will begin returning source url information in the query string for images and video content so that companies who already use this method of filtering will be able to catch explicit content on Bing along with everything else they are already blocking for their customers.

Update: Microsoft Bing General Manager Mike Nichols has addressed the situation in a blog post. He says:

So for right now, we wanted to let people know that you can add “adlt=strict” to the end of a query and no matter what the settings are for that session, it will return results as if safe search was set to strict.  The query would look like this: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=adulttermgoeshere&adlt=strict (yes it is case sensitive).

This short term work-around should work with lots of popular firewall and safety products, as well as for larger, managed network environments.

The problem as mentioned in the original article is that the safesearch won’t return any results on a query like "sex." He does say however that they will be working on the issue further in the next couple months.

Original Aritcle: It’s no surprise that as soon as Bing is unleashed, people immediately flock to the porn. A number of reports have pointed out how easy it is to watch porn with Bing thanks to video search feature allowing you to play videos right from the SERP.

Admittedly, the video search feature is one of Bing’s strong points, aside from possible relevancy issues discussed here. The preview option is kind of cool from the user’s perspective.

From the employers’ or the parents’ perspective, it might not be so cool. As "Dinghus" mentions in a WebProWorld thread, "Notice you can ‘preview’ porn right there on the site without any age restrictions? This will probably get all the corporate firewalls blocking Bing."

"I noticed the same and came to the same conclusion," says williamc in the same thread. "Just a matter of time on the lawsuits and blocks."

If you search for something like "sex," (WARNING: LINK CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT…OBVIOUSLY), Bing at least gives a disclaimer, saying you need to turn off safe search. Well, apparently there aren’t any videos regarding sex that can be viewed without digging right into the porn, because there are no visible results with safe search turned on (not even moderate).

Sex search on Bing

If you opt to turn off safe search, you are greeted with yet another disclaimer:

Bing Safe Search turned off

From there, you’re free to watch as much smut as your heart desires without even leaving the page. Interestingly enough, the first result in a query for "sex" is a CNN video about the same-sex marriage battle. Apparently you can’t view this video on Bing without also gaining access to a "drunk sex orgy party."

Bing Sex SERP  

If the screenshot had been expanded, you’d see a lot more graphic stuff.

But as I’ve said the last several times I’ve written about Bing, the search engine isn’t even supposed to be launched yet. Maybe they’ll get it all worked out in time for the Official June 3rd release. They’ve got a few hours before that.

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  • Billy

    That could help Microsoft gain an advantage over Google. Plus it’s a convenient way to look at all your favorite porn!

  • http://www.rocketlinguist.com/rocket-japanese.html Japanese Guy

    Well porn aside, I think that Bing is pretty good, not Google good, but definitely better than Yahoo.

  • http://linkdirs.blogspot.com/ Eric SEO

    Bing is not at all what I expected it to be from that beautiful demo video they made of it. Plus if you talk about search results, Bing is showing the same as MSN. I am sure about it because all my sites have same position for thousands of keywords on Bing same as MSN. I have checked it from record of previous weeks.

    But still lets give it some time to fix its problems. Its currently Beta.

  • http://www.ph-creative.com MattHoey

    I’m loving some fo the features in Google bing. I’ve added it to my bookmarks.

    It obviously has a long way to go but i notice how complicated Google results are becoming and Bing’s results seem very central and clearer to read.

    I didn’t notice how clouded Google has become until i started using Bing. I really like the preview of each page in the results too by hovering on the right.

    I think Bing is not as good as Google but is definately pioneering the search engine technology.

    • http://www.what-is-thrush.com matt hoey

      I can’t believe i just called it Google-Bing!

      This just shows the hold Google has over the internet.

      • http://www.lexolutionit.com Maneet

        LOL! I agree..

    • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

      Like the hovering preview on the side, Ask has the image snapshot in the middle which is also good but has 2 things that needs to be changed, it is bothering the view in the middle and it lacks info about the site.

  • http://barefoot-seo.blogspot.com Robert

    Well with Google refusing (well pretending to) to index adult content, could it be that Bing has found an area that might be hugely successful. After all, the internet is for porn, right? 😉

  • http://www.selectyourfranchise.com Franchise Opportunities

    Its got a way to go and I wont be switching from Google anytime soon… mainly because its got such a large market share and as an online business to ignore Google is suicide. I do however like the preview feature they have put in when you put your cursor to the right of the results. Its a nifty feature! Will be watching its development with interest.

    • http://www.controldatainc.com Agency collection debt

      I love Bing, Im so glad finally someone came along with some competition for google. Is Bing the next big search engine. I think so, if not because people use it but because now website owners are going to change SEO tactics to include Bing. Google has played a lot of games with their black magic top secret ranking system and I believe many people are looking for a fresh and new search engine to climb the ranking ladder.

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk adam

    Tbh, it’s not that unexpected. If you type porn into Google search it returns porn websites, so the same should happen with videos. I guess the difference is that you get to view the content without leaving the SERP.

    Nothing will overpower Google though.

  • http://www.free-speed-reading.com/ebook.php Free Online Speed Reading Course

    I wouldn’t use this for porn, but I think that I’d use this to get music streaming to my PC at work from Youtube, which is normally blocked by my company.

  • http://www.itscoldoutside.com Martin

    Well I think its about time The brothers at Google had something else to think about. However Google waves looks very exciting and if I were Microsoft I would be seriously worried. Google is an established Brand and will continue to lead the market until the machine (Us) outgrows it. Whilst Matt Cutts may be a very clever bloke? I am Glad that Bing are having a go let’s hope they don’t create a Google PPC type product

  • David

    … But It’s Not Google. Of course.

    Not mine, but good.


  • http://www.dentalcarefinders.com Allan G

    Competition seems to always invite innovation. Perhaps Google really needs some additional ideas as to how to be more user friendly.

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    it is good like that,thanks.

  • http://www.blogrotica.ca Blogrotica

    Has microsoft finally done something right?

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