Bing Porn Filter
In order to further satisfy the family demographic of its consumer base, Microsoft has recently added an extra pornography filter to its Bing search engine to help block what other people have labeled as an unanticipated porn portal.
Microsoft stressed that Bing already filters out explicit and mature content automatically since its launch earlier this week. It even added a mobile site that's a redesign of its Farecast service (now known as Bing Travel) and a voice service (800-BING-411) as well.
There have been some complaints in regards to the ineffectiveness of the filter care of an interesting glitch in the search engine's Smart Motion Previews service. Users testing the filter by overtly searching for adult material can receive family unfriendly content without even needing to leave the Bing search engine itself.
The Smart Motion Previews was designed to make 30-second trailers of videos on the search results, and this service is unaffected by the default adult filter as well. The dire implications of this glitch are obvious: Anyone in your family, even children, can get to view 30-second pornographic content by merely using the Smart Motion Preview on the search results of the site despite the default filter's presence.
Bing Search Engine blocking pornography
Microsoft ardently stood up for its Smart Motion Previews technology. Mike Nichols, Bing's general manager, posted on a blog entry that the technology is a helpful tool that enables web surfers to choose whether or not a video link they want to watch is worth watching.
He says that the service also makes it a lot easier to weed out the links that you want from the rest of the unrelated clutter than somehow ended up in the results page. Publishers would love to be part of Bing's databases because the site provides higher quality traffic or traffic composed of users specifically looking for whatever service or information they provide. "Plus, we think it's pretty cool," Nichols enthusiastically adds.
Nevertheless, Nichols admits the need for Microsoft to include an extra layer of protection to the newcomer search engine's services. The workaround involves a simple "adlt=strict" append to the end of your search term or query so that no matter what the configuration of your session, you will get results free of adult or offensive material.
The new filter was also developed to allow the latest parental-control programs and firewalls to sieve through searches that could yield pornographic material, and to filter results throughout an entire network. Microsoft is also planning to standardize the procedure for its partners, Nichols disclosed.