Microsoft updates Bing to stop free porn

Microsoft has already updated its new search engine, Bing, to halt complaints from network administrators about the video clip preview feature. Built into the search engine to give it the edge over its competitors, the feature allows users to search for videos, hovering over the video to get a small preview of what the user can expect to see.

This has upset a lot of network administrators who want to block sexual content from being watched in the work place. Bing has been updated with stricter filter options that disable video previews, but as a temporary fix, Microsoft has released a string of code for administrators to enforce the strictest search settings.

Bing is Microsoft's latest search engine which has some fairly amusing and catchy adverts associated with it. The search site came under fire earlier this week, being branded as a "porn portal" by some for how easy it is to acquire pornographic video. Microsoft also released some BingTones for use as mobile ringtones today.

A finalized update will be released shortly as Microsoft tackles the issue, but as for now the end user will not be able to search key words related to sexual content such as "porn", prompting the user with the warning "The search [porn] may return explicit adult content. To view these videos, turn off safe search."

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I'm quite surprised at how good Bing is for search, i was always one of those guys that bum-kissed everything Google but after giving Bing a go i can truly say that I'm thinking of sticking with it.

Because of the whole porn fiasco, we have already websensed Bing at work and changed the default search provider in IE from Live Search to Google. So much for trying to gain market share...

Lare2 said,
No porn.... then Bing lost me .....


Only morons get porn from a search engine.

Repeat after me, Shareaza (From sourgeforce not shareaza.com) or Utorrent.

Nuff said.

I thought Shareaza was dead.....or the feds were into it couple of years ago....

also there is the wonders of the xxxtube sites anyway....

kennyout said,
I thought Shareaza was dead.....or the feds were into it couple of years ago....

also there is the wonders of the xxxtube sites anyway....


Shareaza is still going strong. The domain they had been using was bought by a company that released their malware infested crap under Shareaza's name and logo. The real Shareaza moved develpment, thier web site and forum to sourceforge.net, where it resides today.

I personally feel that people that use internet at office for surfing/downloading porn and other explicit material are morons. Seriously, one of my IT friend showed me the chat logs of few manager, all I can say is its worst, and also from few office laptops they recovered a lot of filth. Some morons are clever they use the USB modem @ office to connect to the internet and download stuff, and once done they connect back to the regular office network, because of which they spread virus in the office network. come to think of it our IT policies many not be that strong to stop all these activities. If the office computers are installed with some kind of beacon, especially laptops, the moment the workers do such things the beacon should send a message and alert the IT people, and lock the laptop. Or if a USB modem is connected to the laptop the beacon should start sending the traffic to the server. Though the USB ports are disabled by default, people managed to get it enabled unofficially by making friends with the IT guys, and also they manage to get the tips and tricks to bypass the proxy server. They share such movies and photos using USB drives, some share it via the mobile/laptop using bluetooth/wifi network, it happens rarely actually. People, by people I mean managers, who work in night shift manage to do all these activities because the team member are busy taking calls,processing invoices and the managers have the time and leisure, all they have to do is update the excel file once in a while. Though we don't get such news officially that people have been caught, but we do get information through the grapevine that some manger was taken to task because he was caught surfing porn had some movies on the office laptop. I mean use the internet @ home on a personal laptop/computer for such things. Don't spoil the office network and resources for such things.

ChrisJ1968 said,
why ruin all the fun? just click on see vidoes link :)

Because MS can't afford to have Bing.com blacklisted in the Corporate world. At my work (75,000+ machines) they block game sites and all sorts of other things I consider trivial. Blocking a site offering up porn is something they will not hesitate doing.

zeke009 said,
Because MS can't afford to have Bing.com blacklisted in the Corporate world. At my work (75,000+ machines) they block game sites and all sorts of other things I consider trivial. Blocking a site offering up porn is something they will not hesitate doing.


Do you work for a big shop (bank)? I worked for a big one that came crashing down but their IT Security was tight like a bagel. You couldn't do anything they didn't want you to do.

mocax said,
who, in their right minds, would surf porn at the workplace?

Sadly there are a lot that do it and they act surprised when they get busted. I'll never forget one guy handing his crashed machine to us and asking us to recover data in early 2002 and we discovered a couple hundred MB of videos and pics. Security made a note of it and gave him a free pass, the SECOND time he got busted he got canned.

I take it that was a sarcastic comment? If not, what do you use as a search engine, if not Bing? :S It's much better than Google, for me, so if you use Google for your general searching, I recommend you try Bing instead

Chipshop said,
This will make it no harder to find the good stuff :p

I don't think they were trying to hide the porn. They don't want to get into any legal disputes.

not really, it says they have stricter filter "options". To me it sounds like people still have access to the material if they want.

As for workplaces being able to enforce it...well why not?

Smigit said,
not really, it says they have stricter filter "options". To me it sounds like people still have access to the material if they want.

As for workplaces being able to enforce it...well why not?


They have a "temporary word around" for the porn filter, for network administrators, which enforces the strictest settings on every search.

The full update will be implemented soon, once Microsoft figures out a good solution.

A good chunk of an employees day is lost to surfing the internet. Net Admins want to ensure its not going to possibly lead to lawsuits in the workplace :P