Google will turn on SafeSearch by default for people under 18


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Nov 10, 2017
Child safety in online environments seems to be on the top of the figurative priority list maintained by big tech firms. Apple recently announced that it will use its photo scanning technology to detect Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on iCloud and will also use on-device machine learning to censor sexual content sent or received by children below 13 years of age. You can find out more details here. In the same vein, Google has also revealed today about how it will be offering safer online experiences for non-adults across its range of products.

First up is a policy change through which Google will allow people under the age of 18 or their parents and guardians to request the removal of their images from Image search results. While this obviously won't remove the image in question from the internet altogether, it will definitely reduce its visibility.

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Jul 27, 2015
Unless children are actually logged into a Google account, this won't help. Even Bing get this right without any account enforcements and have it ON by default. Same as Duckduckgo and pretty much any other search engine in town.


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Jan 28, 2018
As was the case with the Apple topic, I feel that the real point of this regulation is to show the public that the company is aware of the problem.