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Yahoo Image Search Is Spiked With Porn

December 14th, 2010 12:25 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s been a really bad day at Yahoo. Today, the company handed out over 500 pink slips to employees, laying off 4% of its workforce less than two weeks before Christmas. And now there’s something seriously off going on with its image search: do a query for just about anything, click an image result, and there’s a good chance you’ll be looking at some very graphic pornography.

The photo that appears is a closeup shot of a man and a woman fornicating. I’d post a blurred out photo, but the result would just be a giant blur. Suffice to say, there’s no question that this is XXX-rated. To be clear, this appears to only happen when you click an image result that appears alongside text results (i.e. images linked from the main search page, not the dedicated image search).

And it’s not like this is a freak occurrence — I’ve had the same photo show up for queries for “puppy photos” “car photos” and “TechCrunch photos”.

This could be the work of a disgruntled former employee, or it could be the result of a bizarre glitch. We’re reaching out to Yahoo to find out more.

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