Posted on | December 29, 2009 | 7 Comments
After China, it is India’s turn to censor the internet. Bing and Yahoo have started censoring sexually explicit content on the internet. You cannot search for anything that is related to vulgarity. You can’t search for “sex discrimination” because it has the keyword “sex”in it.
Yahoo only censors images while Bing censors even the web results. What’s more – SafeSearch is by default on and cannot be changed. However, the biggest search engine Google has not yet started censoring.
The clampdown is due to recent changes to India’s Information Technology Act of 2000, which bans the publication of pornographic material.
You can bypass this by changing your search location to US or any other western country. That is go to the US version of the search engines.
Other countries’ users can try it out by going to the Indian version of the search engines.
Click on the images to see them maximised.
Update: You can’t search for Porn Actresses’ names or any other thing that would return vulgar images.
Update 2(10/july/2010): Bing seems to have fix it and it does return results for the keywords sex and sex discrimination, however, other terms that return sexually explicit results are still banned.