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Google, Microsoft modify Internet searches to exclude more child pornography results

November 21, 2013

Jillian York, director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that Microsoft has a good record for removing illegal content from its search engine. But when those efforts are extended to other languages, she said, the firm has ended up blocking more than it intended. A censorship block on the word “breast” in its Arabic search, for example, prevented anyone from getting information on breast cancer.

“It’s a matter of getting the implementation right so that there’s no collateral damage,” she said.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Washington Post
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