p2pnet news view Kids & Kartels | P2P:- How to protect children and the innocent from online porn has been a major thrust on the part of self-serving politicians, Hollywood and Big Music ever since they discovered how useful it could be in their efforts to gain control of the Internet.
‘Bing’ is Microsoft’s answer to Google and since Microsoft has always been keen on prophylactic measures, Bing has easy-for-anyone-to-use anti-porn controls which “apply to all of your searches,” it says on its settings page.
SafeSearch “uses advanced technology to filter adult content, but it won’t catch everything.”
So, “When your SafeSearch setting includes inappropriate content, let us know so that we can prevent its inclusion in the future. ”
Well, alright then.
Users get a choice.
- Filter adult content from your search results.
- Strict Filter out adult text, images, and videos from your search results.
- Moderate Filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results.
- Off Don’t filter adult content from your search results.
That’s great. Users get a choice.
But when I said “easy-for-anyone-to-use” I did mean anyone, kids included.
Because as far as I could see, there’s no way for Bing to tell if someone is 12 or 20 and it’s quite literally child’s play for kids to turn the filter off.
And if they do, the results are on a par with anything you’ll find on any porn site, and all in one place.
Finding feelthy pictures
50 years ago boys (let’s face it — they’ll be doing most of the searching) used libraries and medical books (or porn mags found under big brother’s beds) to satisfy their natural curiosity.
In the 21st digital century, they use the net and given that most of them are far more technically adept than their parents, finding feelthy pictures is no big deal.
Bing dishes up porn on a silver platter. Moreover, its search functions are far more efficient than Google’s.
On the same page, it has click points for web, images, videos, and so on, whereas with Google, you enter a keyword or phrase and then take your pick. You go to separate sites for pix and videos, and even when you get there, the results are tame, relatively speaking.
But with Bing, it’s all there right there in front of you.
On images, click a pic and you could get a medical-quality close-up —- AND the url for the site where the image is found.
Videos? Same. In full, graphic motion.
Downloads? As we all know, you can copy anything you can see and/or hear.
So will politicians, Hollywood and Big Music now jump on Bing as a deadly threat with the same enthusiasm they’ve shown for ‘identifying’ P2P file sharing applications as vehicles for porn, demanding that Bing is immediately shut down and that Microsoft should be permanently banned for allowing it online?
No need to stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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