Google will automatically blur explicit images in search results

A new feature called SafeSearch that will blur explicit images will be launched by Google to protect underage users

Google has started rolling out a new security-focused feature for some users that automatically blurs explicit images in search results by default.

Currently, the company has a filter called SafeSearch that serves to avoid all images that contain explicit sexual material, such as pornography, as well as bloody and violent images. This filter is applied automatically in accounts of underage users, that is, supervised by adults.

This feature is available on both Android and iOS and the desktop version of Chrome, and is optional on adult accounts, so it can be turned on or off by the administrator of the Google account being searched from, according to your needs.

Furthermore, when it is activated, it is not only limited to images, but this tool also helps to filter videos and web pages that include this type of harmful content. If disabled, the search engine provides the most relevant results for the search, which may include such explicit content.

The company has now determined that it will implement this filter by default for all Google search results, including adult Gmail accounts, regardless of whether SafeSearch has been activated or not, as it has announced in a statement.

Google has announced this novelty in the framework of Safe Internet Day, and has explained that it will automatically blur all explicit images. Likewise, the company has commented that only users who use unsupervised accounts will be able to disable this setting, so that users who are minors will not be able to disable this filter.

Along with this functionality, the company has announced the introduction of new security-focused customization features. This is the case of the option of biometric authentication before completing the saved password, which can also be used to safely copy or edit saved passwords with Google Password Manager in Chrome and Android without having to type the administrator password each time that is requested.

On the other hand, Google has indicated that “soon” iOS users will be able to configure Face ID to protect the privacy of their Google application so that it cannot be opened or displayed from another device.

Source: dpa

(Reference image source: Google Blog, Europa Press)

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