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Re: [ga] Google's SafeSearch is overzealous, blocks innocuous domains

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  • Subject: Re: [ga] Google's SafeSearch is overzealous, blocks innocuous domains
  • From: nainil@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: 24 Apr 2004 00:09:32 -0000
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I would like to mention that I fould the following article on 

It addresses the same issue.

Google's SafeSearch flaws are more than academic -- they can have serious consequences for innocent Web site operators blocked out by them. Google is the most widely used search engine on the Web, and failure to appear in its listings can have a direct impact on sales for some companies, particularly smaller enterprises with limited marketing budgets. 

Research company WebSideStory reported last month that Google claimed an all-time high in search referrals, 41 percent of the United States total, and the search giant's market share is steadily expanding. 

"Traffic from Google can make or break a business," said Maria Medina, whose family-run clothing business at ALittleGirlsBoutique.com doesn't pass the SafeSearch censor. "Here I am, a mom of four children, creating an at-home business that sells little girl dresses and accessories, in order to spend more time with my children, and I have been filtered out as not being family friendly. Ridiculous." 

David Drummond, Google's vice president for business development, said that at the time of its development, SafeSearch was designed to be overly cautious. "The thinking was that SafeSearch was an opt-in feature," Drummond said. "People who turn it on care a lot more about something sneaking through than they do about something getting filtered out." 

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jeff Williams
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2004 9:00 PM
To: General Assembly of the DNSO
Subject: [ga] Google's SafeSearch is overzealous, blocks innocuous domains

All former DNSO GA members or other interested stakeholders/users,

  Seems Google has gone over the edge.  More disgusting Censorship... Maybe there is to much sex in Vietnam and to many girls advertising
their wares...    So much for Marketing is education and/or
education is marketing...  No more liberal sex education for Safe Searchers on Google, and seems all "Girls" are now "innocuous" if the term or string "Girls" appears in a domain name and google is your chosen "Safe Search" search facility.. So Girlscouts.org, Girlsclub.org, ect, ect., are now "innocuous" domains...  How special... :/


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