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Back up the porn bus - Bing responds to pressure over previews


First off, don't worry - if you were using Bing to preview naughty videos in thumbnail-sized awesomeness, this doesn't mean the fun is over.

In a post on the Bing blog, the crew has announced that they have tweaked search settings in response to concerns from corporate customers. The changes should now allow Bing to play nicely with firewalls and safety products. Adding adlt=strict to Bing query strings will also force the filter to activate, even if a user has disabled it manually.

They've also offered some insight as to why the previews are there in the first place:
What's cool about the technology is that it helps you decide if it is a video you want to go watch.This makes it easier to sort through the clutter of all those results and help you get to what you are looking for. And as a publisher, when people leave Bing for your site (and require bandwidth on your servers) it tends to be higher quality traffic because folks are sure of what they wanted to watch. Plus, we think it's pretty cool.
It's still only a few clicks to shut off the filter, so not much has really changed. Loic LeMeur's jab that "You are now on a porn site without leaving bing. Amazing" still holds true. But, ah, as I pointed out earlier, that's true of every damn search engine on the Internet.

[ via CNet ]

Tags: bing, fail, porn

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