Bing And Yahoo Censors Sex & Related Keywords Search In India
Internet thrives because of its openness but the Indian government is still trying to censor the internet by framing laws for internet based on 150-year-old statute. India, the land of Kamasutra where SEX is still considered a taboo and at the same times it is one of the most sort after keyword in Google search. Keeping in view of the dynamics in India, Bing and Yahoo have yielded in front of Indian government by censoring certain results having sexual explicit content. This means that you can no longer search for sex and other related keywords in Bing if you are in India (I have done it for you here). What it says when you have search for it (pic below)
Yahoo as of now only censors images that have sexual content (give it a try) and you can still search for sex in web search. Also we can’t switch off the Safe Search option in Flickr, which is owned by Yahoo. But Google is still not bowing in front of Indian government and you can still search for sex and for both web as well as image search (here and here).
This has been in response to the Indian Information Act of 2000, which has seen some recent changes. Also this law is based on a 150-year-old statute, section 292 of Indian Penal Code. What the heck? How can you make laws for the Internet based on the law that has been framed 150 years back? Ridiculous and at the same time quite amusing. Just thinking quote from George Bernard Shaw
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
You can’t even search for sex discrimination as it involves sex in it. But guys from India calm down…. if you still want to search for sex related keywords in Bing then just go to US or UK version of the search version (this will satisfy you), it is not dependent on the IP address of the country.
FYI – Porn results of Bing were far superior than Google and Yahoo! thats been my personal experience!
Image Credits: 4bp