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in 2009, Bing announced: " potentially explicit images and video content will now be coming from a separate single domain, explicit.bing.net. This is invisible to the end customer, but allows for filtering of that content by domain which makes it much easier for customers at all levels to block this content regardless of what the SafeSearch settings might be. This makes it much easier for filtering software to block unwanted content if SafeSearch has been turned off."
Now, apparently this is no longer true as pornography and nudity is abundant with SafeSearch turned OFF AND explicit.bing.net still blocked.
What has changed? Does Bing have a new relaxed policy and is now allowing explicit material on any of it's search servers, or have they found it difficult to monitor the amount of material and are delayed in identifying and moving the explicit material to the correct explicit servers? If it is a policy shift, they should announce that this is the case. If it is that they are backlogged, another option, such as streamlining a "report offensive images" mechanism could be in place.
I congratulate Bing for it's efforts WITH safesearch, as when it is on, it is fairly accurate. My concern is the ease of which it is turned off. It puts some of us in a bind, as we have children accessing our servers and CANNOT afford to have pornography and nudity unchecked. Without a secure lock on SafeSearch, and it certainly IS NOT securely lockable, the cheapest and most secure option I see now is to block Bing.com altogether. Those who think they have found the solution by following Bing's advice in 2009 by locking out explicit.bing.net at their server or router should be warned it is not a reliable option.
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