Jan 31

Google Nanny Filter Breaks

by in google

I don't like Google or anyone else telling me what sites I should or shouldn't look at, so when their "nanny filter" broke today I had to giggle.

Doing a search for anything - no matter how "innocent" it might be will get you a page of results that are flagged as "harmful" for your computer.

See what I got when I did a search for "the pope":

google filter borked

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5 Responses to “Google Nanny Filter Breaks”

  1. From Fred:

    Jeez! I was just talking to a friend about that and read your blog… Absolutely “any search”, even for Google Webmaster tools (??), after you click on any link you get: “Warning – visiting this web site may harm your computer!”

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm #
  2. From MacKozer:

    You can do the search for Google.com
    It can also harm your computer :)

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm #
  3. From Niall:

    That’s not a nanny filter, it’s a malware filter. There’s a subtle difference.

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm #
  4. From Michele Neylon:

    Fred / Mackozer
    It was flagging every single site on the internet as being dangerous – including all of their own ones

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 6:28 pm #
  5. From Louie:

    Someone got fired for that.
    It didn’t last long, but enough to be noticed…

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

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