Google Washes Base’s Mouth Out With Soap

    November 23, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Google’s SafeSearch proved to be less than safe when used with Google Base, but the glitch that caused some unsavory results to appear in searches has been fixed.

The search advertising company’s newest service wasn’t very family friendly to little Jasmine, 2, or her dad in North Carolina. CNet News has the Google+fixes+glitch+that+unleashed+flood+of+porn/2100-1025_3-5969799.html” class=”bluelink”>details:

Todd Ripley, a real estate investor in Asheville, N.C., noticed the problem on Tuesday morning after he uploaded photos of his 2-year-old daughter Jasmine onto his Google Base page. He planned to direct his family to the page but decided against it after a search for “Jasmine” turned up some unsavory results despite the use of the SafeSearch filter.

“I was just shocked,” Ripley said. “I was inundated with page after page after page of basically porn sites.”

Google did respond quickly to the issue, and advised CNet that the problem had been addressed:

“Yesterday evening, we became aware of a problem with the Google Base SafeSearch feature and we acted quickly to resolve the issue,” Google spokesman Nate Tyler said via an e-mail on Wednesday. He said the filter feature was broken for “some period of time,” but declined to further specify.

On that note, WebProNews wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving, unless it isn’t Thanksgiving where you are, so just have a peaceful and pleasant Thursday, ok?

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