Microsoft consolidates explicit Bing content to new address

When Neowin reported last week about Bing allowing users to watch porn videos and browse pornographic material using its search, businesses, schools and other large corporations complained that Bing maybe a gateway to free porn. Bing was blocked by some companies to prevent porn surfing during work hours, where Microsoft instantly became to form a solution to the problem. Fox News was one of the first to come forward with criticisms of Bing, claiming that it provided "a cornucopia of pornography" and that it was easy to transform "the search engine into [your] very own pornographic Web site."

Microsoft has now come up with a solution to fix that problem by filtering all explicit material through a new URL, explicit.bing.net, which is invisible to the end user. The update will allow businesses, schools and others to easily filter this address and block all explicit material even if SafeSearch has been turned off, without limiting access to Bing completely.

Much to the disappointment of some, attempting to directly visit the http://explicit.bing.net address with a browser will redirect you to the regular bing.com, and not to a dedicated Microsoft porn site.

Bing will also start to return source URL information in the query string for both images and videos, so businesses will be able to catch explicit material, in case Bing does not filter a web site the company does.

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Much to the disappointment of some, attempting to directly visit the http://explicit.bing.net address with a browser will redirect you to the regular bing.com, and not to a dedicated Microsoft porn site.

Baha! That's one market Microsoft should venture into ;)

As for consolidating explicit Bing content to a new address, this is brilliant and should please a lot of people who complained!

I have increasingly been trying to use Microsoft properties on the web as a little experiment. With Bing.com in particular I am really liking what I'm seeing with the search engine (decision engine in marketing speak) and have for the most part replaced Google as my default search engine on all of my workstations and desktops. I have also been trying out My.Live.com in place of igoogle.com and so far I still somewhat prefer the igoogle.com (google.com/ig) to the my.live.com site for aggregating my frequently visited sites and rss feeds from around the web. Maybe the team that did Bing.com will re-envision the my.live.com site and re-brand it to be bingafied and my opio]nion might change. I have also replaced visiting Youtube with using Bing's video search instead which links to Youtube.com videos anyway and allows viewing of those pages without leaving Bing which is nice (Porn is big too as the news has been clamoring on about). I find the video search of Bing.com to actually be better than that provided by Youtube.com and the like even though Bing seems to be doing nothing more than indexing everyone else content. The image search I have also found to be superior to Googles current offering. So, overall I am impressed by the changes Microsoft has made to the Live search engine. I still haven't found a good Microsoft equivalent or replacement for Finance.google.com which I find to be very useful. Microsoft's MSN money site is ok but it's doesn't let you get to hard numbers for multiple stocks and funds as quickly or easily as I find I can with Google's finance site. No direct comparison with Yahoo since I've never used Yahoo! much for anything other than e-mail. The biggest issue and hurdle I see for Microsoft with the Bing offering right now is there are too many conflicting brands (Bing, Live (Not Xbox), and MSN) all seemingly competing with each other still in some capacity. But I have noticed that MSN has increasingly been rebranding some areas to point to Bing, while many of the other Microsoft Web applications are still branded Live.

Oh and I hear the porn search is the best. lol.

Lots of talk about porn, almost no talk about if Bing is any good.
Has anybody made the switch from thewellknownsearchengine? I for one haven't.

Grandaevus said,
Lots of talk about porn, almost no talk about if Bing is any good.
Has anybody made the switch from thewellknownsearchengine? I for one haven't.

I've made the switch I like Bing more and I think it is better in many ways, even with relevancy of results :)

I sometimes type "google.com", by accident, but then I just change it to "bing.com" :P

Grandaevus said,
Lots of talk about porn, almost no talk about if Bing is any good.
Has anybody made the switch from thewellknownsearchengine? I for one haven't.

Not me and have no intention to. I don't trust any other search engine but Google but that's about all of the relationship between me and Google except for the fact that I use Chrome even though I have encountered a few rendering issues here and there.

dafin0 said,
im trying to, bing seams to work REALLY well.. problem is that my fingers just type google automatically

Same. I've got firefox set up to quick-search both, but it's hard to break habits (which is why Google will be so hard to beat)

Grandaevus said,
Lots of talk about porn, almost no talk about if Bing is any good.
Has anybody made the switch from thewellknownsearchengine? I for one haven't.

Bing is easy on the eyes but doesn't search better than google in any area. The local news is rather sparse. The regular search doesn't seem to have dealt with the problem of relevance to the query.

macrosslover said,
well after I picked myself up from the floor..i typed the adress in and it is registered to bing...so who knows what the future brings.

It's just a subdomain. If you buy bing.com or bing.net then everything that ends on .bing.com or .bing.net is yours.

macrosslover said,
well after I picked myself up from the floor..i typed the adress in and it is registered to bing...so who knows what the future brings.


Of course it is, it's either just a cname for one of their servers or another forward lookup zone within the bing.com dns namespace.