Google‘s taken out ads on its own site to explain why, when you do a Google Images search of “Michelle Obama,” one of the first pictures you pull up is a disgustingly racist one depicting FLOTUS as a monkey.
Here’s a screengrab of both the photo and Google’s “Offensive Search Results” ad-response:
Click on the ad, and you get this explanation for the image:
Although Google’s removed the image before on grounds that the host site was serving malware to its visitors, it’s since been re-posted on another site and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, despite much public objection and media attention. And therein lies both the horror and the beauty of the internet.
Funny thing is, the racist Michelle Obama image comes up first in results in a Moderate SafeSearch–the “recommended” setting–and second in a Strict SafeSearch–you know, the same search filters that are supposed to weed out “offensive” content, i.e. porn?
What’s the takeaway here? You can filter out porn, because it’s offensive. But you can’t filter out racism, because…it’s not?
Meanwhile, guess what happens when you do a Google Images search for Michelle Obama with SafeSearch off?
This offensive image…
…is NOWHERE TO BE SEEN. The same goes for porn, at least in the first 20 pages of results. Mostly you just pull up a lot of adorable pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS together. This, in fact, is the first result in an un-SafeSearch of Michelle Obama:
Guess I have a lot more in common with the legions of internet pervs than I thought.
Filed under: Barack Obama, FLOTUS, Google, Google Images, Google Offensive Search Results, Michelle Obama, Michelle Obama Racist Google Images Search Results, Offensive Content, Pervs, Porn, Racist Images, SafeSearch
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