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After Bing, Yahoo! and Flickr Censor Porn in India

bhagwad (1426855) writes | more than 4 years ago

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bhagwad (1426855) writes "After a Slashdot story on how Bing decided sex was too sensitive for India, Yahoo! and its associated site Flickr have decided to do the same.

While it's true that this is because of India passing laws that prohibit the publication of porn, no complaint was ever launched (and never will be) and glorious Google still continues to return accurate and unbiased results. So why is Yahoo! doing this? Is it because of its tie up with Bing? I assume this is the case.

Indian ISPs have already told the government and the courts that its not their job to restrict porn and it's technologically infeasible too. In the absence of a complaint, I can only assume that Yahoo! has decided to do this of their own volition. Given that the "sex" search term is searched more in India than in any other country, isn't it the duty of Yahoo! to provide accurate results to its customers? In the face of the fact that it can always plausibly deny control of its results and claim that filtering porn is infeasible, why in god's name is it deciding to do this to sex hungry Indians? Since Yahoo! already has a low search market share in India, this will drive it even lower. Good riddance I say."

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