Microsoft launched its new search engine “Bing“ this weekend only to find that with just a few clicks anyone of any age can view explicit pornographic videos online without leaving the search engine. All you need to do is hover a mouse over the link while in the search engine site and it lets you preview videos – any kind of videos. This “autoplay” feature is the culprit in allowing pornographic web sites to be viewed.
According to a Fox News article this feature is unique to Bing because it allows users to view porn videos instead of going to their Web site. As a result, you can turn your search into your very own porn site without leaving Bing. Other major search engines like Yahoo and Google come up with similar video and image results when electronic filters are turned off, but don’t provide automatic playing of videos within the search-results page.
This new state-of-the-art search engine with its video preview is one of a kind but online safety advocates argue that not only this search engine but also others need to cut off underage access to pornography. Even filters can be circumvented easily with just one click.
Content-filtering companies have been reviewing Bing and have found the same problems. You don’t need to turn off an adult-content filter to view porn videos on the site. Microsoft said in a statement that it was up to users to turn-off the filters and they provided instructions on how to toggle the settings on its blog.
Of course, the responsibility to protect kids from pornography or other harmful online content is up to the parents. However, until Microsoft can fix their new search engine, Bing, parents should carefully monitor what their kids view on the Internet.