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Google temporarily removed fanfics tab from search. They showed porn with “Cold Heart” and “Shrek”

Specific stories from fans received priority when searching for cartoons or movies.

At the end of September 2018, Google updated the search on mobile devices by adding a subtopic feature. For popular searches, the most popular articles, pictures, and related queries began to appear. But for many cartoons, books, and movies, a fan fiction tab appeared in the search, which included dozens of erotic stories and pornographic pictures. The Gizmodo edition paid attention to this .

As announced by Google, sub-topics are needed for a “deep understanding” of the request, therefore, they show related places, events, articles and so on. “We understand how sub-topics are related to each other, and we can most correctly provide the content that you may want to watch next,” the company noted. For example , on the search query “pugs” subthemes are displayed: video, how to train, health and popular names.

Gizmodo found that when searching for popular cartoons, book characters, or movies, a sub-topic of “fan fiction” appeared. This is a literary genre when fans write their own stories about popular characters – quite often stories are devoted to love relationships and sex. For example, journalists stumbled upon pornographic articles and stories when they were looking for the cartoon “Cold Heart” and information about minions, characters, “Despicable Me”.

Screenshot GIzmodo
Screenshot GIzmodo

According to journalists, they noticed fan fiction with sex in many topics that children could see. Including, with pornographic images displayed directly in the search bar. And in the video section, Gizmodo stumbled on videos with a man in Shrek’s mask and a vibrator in his hand, as well as animated sex scenes of the heroes of Toy Story.

When Gizmodo turned to Google for comment, the company said it was “temporarily cleaning up” a sub-topic with fan fiction from a search for cartoons, movies, TV shows, comics, and books. According to the press service, the age content is not displayed in the top of search queries, but fan stories were not related to this.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Sub-topics that appear in movie and TV search results are automatically generated based on popular searches and automatic distribution of relevant content. We recognize that the sub-topic of fanfics, although relevant to many users and not offensive in nature, may inadvertently show people the content they deem undesirable.[/perfectpullquote]
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