Google has just made their Image search worse in an effort to protect your virgin eyes.
If you’re in the U.S. and trying to search for boobs on Google Images right now, you’re going to have a tougher time. That’s because Google has prevented U.S. users from disabling SafeSearch. And if you want to find NSFW images, you’re going to have to be more specific with your searches.
Google users should be familiar with the SafeSearch toolbar at the top right of Image searches. Until recently, that bar allowed users to select MODERATE, STRICT, or OFF. As of right now, those options have been removed from the drop-down menu – but only in the U.S.
Do you think Google should have messed with the SafeSearch format? Do you think it makes Google Image search worse? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Here’s what it currently looks like:
And here’s what it looks like on Google.co.uk (and other countries). This is what it looked like in the U.S. before today:
Note that “SafeSearch” is the only option for U.S. users. For a search for “boobs” for instance, this means that the results will not feature any “explicit” images (nipples showing). The only other option is the “filter results,” which in our boobs search filters out all results. “The word ‘boobs’ has been filtered from the search because Google SafeSearch is active,” reads the results.
It would appear that the only two options Google is giving U.S. users are STRICT and MODERATE. Or in other words, you can’t turn off SafeSearch.
The default “SafeSearch” results for U.S. users are the exact same results for a MODERATE SafeSearch results for U.K. users:
If you go to Google’s SafeSearch help page, they tell you how to disable SafeSearch from your settings:
Here’s how to disable SafeSearch:
- Visit the Google Preferences page.
- In the “SafeSearch Filtering” section, select Do not filter my search results.
- Click Save Preferences.
But when U.S. users visit their search settings, they are only given the option to filter explicit results: