Google rolls out Safe Search for all, whether you want it or not

Sep 4, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Google rolls out Safe Search for all, whether you want it or not

Sep 4, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Google adds auto blur feature to any explicit image even if SafeSearch is turned off

Google has introduced a new feature that automatically blurs explicit images in its search results. This development applies to all users by default, including those who haven’t enabled SafeSearch. The rollout of this feature, initially announced in February, has now been implemented globally.

Google’s implementation of this feature is part of a broader initiative to empower users to control their personal information and privacy better.

The company has also recently unveiled updates to its “results about you” dashboard, simplifying the request to remove personal information or explicit content from search results.

Additionally, Google is making it more convenient for families to access parental control settings directly through the search interface.

If you’re an NSFW (Not Safe for Work) content creator, however, then don’t worry. Users not operating under a supervised account can customize this setting according to their preferences. Users can easily toggle the feature on or off by clicking the “SafeSearch” button in the top right corner of the Google Search screen.

[Via The Verge]

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3 responses to “Google rolls out Safe Search for all, whether you want it or not”

  1. Safety vs. Security Avatar
    Safety vs. Security

    Google’s preferences towards opt-in and opt-out are probably different than mine. In that light “initiative to empower users to control their personal information and privacy better”sounds quite amusing. But I understand the my-house-my-rules-concept. There are other search engines and browsers out there.

  2. jsm Avatar
    jsm

    “to empower users to control their personal information and privacy better”

    Soo…blurring NSFW-Content is helping to “control” “personal information” and “privacy”?

    I bet you also would’t ask questions if they wrote “we deleted all your files to give you better control about your files”.

    1. Safety vs. Security Avatar
      Safety vs. Security

      It’s probably more like blinding innocent strollers to give the exhibtionist better control about his/her private parts.