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Google's "Instant" search engine includes a blacklist for words and phrases involving what the company considers "violence, hate, or pornography." Unveiled on Wednesday in the US, Google Instant serves up search results in "real-time" as you type. If you type "w," for instance, it gives you results for "weather." If you type " …

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  1. jake Silver badge

    I don't do google ... but ...

    Has anyone tried "Scunthorpe"?

    1. John G Imrie

      Scunthorp was the first wordI tried

      But it seams it only works on the initial letters

    2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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      @Jake

      The timeless classic of blacklist cock ups.

  2. Lotaresco

    Predictably

    Yes, Google have blacklisted that English term of abuse "Scunthorpe".

  3. N2 Silver badge

    Mozilla

    Type fuc in

    http://www.google.co.uk/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

    I got:

    PCs are fucked

  4. JD999uk

    jd999uk

    Surely those of us that turn off Googles SafeSearch should be able to bypass any such blacklists?

    Not that I spend all day typing swear words or porn into the searchbox.........

  5. Hermes Conran
    Pint

    The Slutsky equation

    isn't that some way of calculating how many vodkas you need to buy her?

  6. frank ly

    Good Old Days

    I remember the good old days when Scunthorpe and Penistone didn't exist.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Surely not the only one

    "The bug is not universal. When you type "fucc," you get results for "Fuccillo,""

    And I'm sure that if you type "slui" you'll get some information about sluices and the like. (I haven't tried it though)

    It's not a bug. When you type the second 'c' in 'fucc', it no longer predicts that you're looking for 'fuck'.

    OK, it would be better if they filtered the results rather than not returning anything, but I definitely wouldn't call it a bug.

  8. max allan

    Not very comprehensive

    The block "shit" but when you get as far as shit recommend "shite".

    They allow "bollox" and block "bollocks".

    Sounds like their list of naughty words isn't very comprehensive. Anyone got a copy of Roger's Profanisaurus they can send to Google?

    McShit and "pink darth vader" aren't blocked. I can't recall any others.

    1. Bullseyed

      Title

      Why is pink darth vader offensive, sexual or violent?

      /confused

  9. Skrrp

    I'm confused

    Why is 'bisexual' a banned word?

    1. Ian Yates
      Headmaster

      Why is any word banned?

      Is it just me, or is the whole idea of hiding "rude" words just a way to compound the issue?

      As a schoolkid I went out of my way to look up the banned words in dictionaries and encyclopaedias (and eventually Encarta), because we weren't supposed to.

      I'm sure there are plenty of "think of the children!" people who would disagree, but why is preventing a kid from seeing a word we consider rude so bad?

      If they know it already, there's no issue; if no don't, they're hardly likely to see [whatever] and know that we consider it rude...

      1. paulf Silver badge
        Welcome

        It wasn't just me doing that kind of thing, then...

        My school network had an 8 drive CD-ROM* server attached to it. One of the CD-ROMs was a European language dictionary. Oh how much fun we had looking up our fine mid-teens vocabulary of profanity in as many European languages as it supported. We were soon fluent in multi-lingual swearing and we even learned some new phrases!

        * Yes CD-ROMs to those not familiar they stored a whopping 700 Mb each (or one CD's worth of data to use BBC News units). Access was via the 10BASE2 Ethernet sub-net that linked 15 daisy chained computers to the server via co-axial cable. It was the early 1990s. Those were the days.

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: paulf

          "Access was via the 10BASE2 Ethernet sub-net that linked 15 daisy chained computers to the server via co-axial cable."

          That wasn't a daisy chain, that was a CSMA/CD bus ...

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  10. John G Imrie

    A new game

    Start typing a word into Google.

    If no results come up assume it's rude and go look it up in a dictionary.

    Fun for schoolboys around the world.

    And talking of the world, does this only work for English, or will it block foreign words as well?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      Agreed

      The 2010 equivilent of "boobless" calculator pranks in the playground.

      Mind you, these days it's all about popping caps in asses, so things have moved on somewhat since my school days.

  11. CADmonkey
    Headmaster

    Still working...

    beef curtains

    balls

    bollix

    feck

    fiddlesticks

    flapdoodle

    frak

    shite

    turnip

    1. C Yates
      Alert

      *facepalm*

      There's always one... =)

    2. C Yates

      btw

      flapdoodle!? O_o

      1. CADmonkey

        Google it

        the mice don't like it

  12. Paul M 1

    Perhaps I've misunderstood but...

    ..aren't the terms that get returned based upon popularity of a search term? So if not many people are currently searching for Slutsky the mathematician it's never going to get into the suggested searches.

  13. Tigra 07 Silver badge
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    Thats terrible

    At the time of the elections you could use Google.com to search "Gordon Brown is a jug eared prick"

    Now google have killed off this useful feature!

    It's these kinds of things, which make people like apple!

  14. TeeCee Gold badge
    Happy

    Not perfect.

    Try typing in "knob e".

    Some very interesting results instantaneously returned for that, including an Urban Dictionary entry compiled (it would seem from the search page) by someone called "titwanker" as the second item.

    I'm sure there are more and this could be a long comments section..........oh look! "Bollo" returns some fun things from the googly instant world too.

    Damn! Like I wasn't busy enough today already.....

  15. Tom 15

    Err...

    But "fucc" isn't how "fuck" is spelt...

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    "Munging" still works

    and that's a pretty disgusting term.

    And so does "Belgium". Tut tut, Google.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    whereby we filter for violence, hate, and pornography

    Well that's the Church, Australian MP's and US foreign policies out then....

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Invoice for SEO services

    1. To ensuring site isn't prevented from appearing in Google Instant or Google Suggest: £6969.69

    Payment by PayPal or Western Union money transfer to: Lo Fuk Me, Guang Dong, China.

  19. NoDosh
    Paris Hilton

    Maybe the football fans out there

    would care to consider the oft-heard phrase "up the Arsenal"

  20. jai

    dailymash article

    although they're obviously taking the piss, the dailymash article raises a good point - why exactly do we _need_ instant search? is it really saving us that much time and effort?

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/google-instant-to-free%11up-two%11thirds-of-a-second-of-your-day-201009093076/

  21. Turtle

    And of course Boris Slutsky, the Soviet poet...

    And of course Boris Slutsky, the Soviet poet, is another person, and a poet of great merit, incidentally, to get short shrift by the Google blacklist.

    Well he survived Stalin and his reputation will survive this.

    (Link to his poetry here, for those able to cope with Russian poetry:

    http://www.litera.ru/stixiya/authors/sluckij.html )

  22. LinkOfHyrule

    Nothing new here

    Google suggest and the oh so lovely (not) Google toolbar have been doing this for years. And yes, I was well aware of the whole fuc, shi, cun, boll, wan, twa, situation! It also holds a grudge against the music style and building material both known as hardcore.

  23. TeeCee Gold badge
    Happy

    Well bugg.. me!

    This one works too! In fact "bugger" is the *first* suggestion there, beating out "buggy" which crops up second.

    Anyone out there know enough to script feeding the first few characters of every word in Roger's Profanisaurus through it to save a bit of time?

  24. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    gay

    So "gay" is now either violence, hate, or pornography?

    I feel a lawsuit from Stonewall coming

  25. heyrick Silver badge

    Right...

    So in order to protect delicate minds we cannot type SLUTsky, and I presume the ice dancer SLUTskaya also; but the old "christianity is" still gives us, in order: bullshit / not a religion / a lie / a cult.

    Which raises the interesting question about how can autosuggest justify filtering certain words "slut" while permitting others "shit" and actually providing obscenities in other suggestions "bullshit". This is wildly inconsistant and is only going to annoy people by appearing to look like half-asses censorship for the sake it it.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    why is isdoo blocked?

    Apart from being oops! upside down, I fail to see why it is bad!

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