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Typing ‘Lesbian’ Into Google Now Results in Way Less Porn Thanks to LGBT Activists

Typing ‘Lesbian’ Into Google Now Results in Way Less Porn Thanks to LGBT Activists

In response to pressure from pro-LGBT groups in France, Google has modified its algorithm to return fewer pornographic results when users search for the word “lesbian.”

A campaign led by a Twitter user known as #SEOlesbienne and French news site Numerama was largely responsible for the change, PinkNews reported on Tuesday.

Before the new algorithm was instituted, sexualized videos and images of women’s bodies were the first things users would see when they typed “lesbian” into Google, according to PinkNews.

In June, Numerama published an investigation into the tech giant after pornographic results appeared below a “Google Doodle” that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots during Pride month.

I find that these [search] results are terrible, there is no doubt about it,” Pandu Nayak, said Google’s vice president of search engine quality, according to PinkNews.

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Nayak referenced past issues the company had encountered with search terms “girl” and “teen.” According to Nayak, Google tweaked its algorithm so that searches for “girl” and “teen” no longer link to porn sites.

PinkNews’ Emma Powys Maurice averred that the “unnecessary sexualisation of lesbians has been cited as one of the reasons behind the homophobic abuse many lesbian women experience.”


As evidence, Maurice pointed to a vicious attack against a lesbian couple riding a London bus in June. The two women victims were reportedly left bloodied and battered after refusing assailants’ demands that they kiss each other.

Since July 19, the top search results for “lesbian” return news articles and the Wikipedia entry for the word “Lesbian.”

Meanwhile, image searches for the word “lesbian” do not return pornographic images, even when Google’s “SafeSearch” feature is turned off.

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The Google Lesbian controversy amid accusations of excessive wokeness

In recent years, conservatives have complained that major tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter harbor a liberal bias and are actively censoring or suppressing right-wing views. A spate of allegedly politically motivated controversies at Google have earned the right’s ire for similar reasons.

In August 2017, engineer James Damore was dismissed from Google over an internal memo he wrote condemning what he characterized as the company’s wrongheaded diversity policies, which he attributed to liberal groupthink by employees. The engineer argued that women are less represented than men in tech and leadership positions in part because of biological differences between the sexes, and that these average divergences in talent and interest should be accommodated rather than denied or “corrected.”

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Earlier this year, a study intended to determine whether the company was underpaying women or minority groups found that Google was actually underpaying male employees.

And in June, a Washington Free Beacon review of Google’s autocomplete search function returned no results for “Jussie Smollett” related to what Chicago police said was his attempt to stage a bigoted attack against himself in January.

Cover image: Image results for the term “lesbian.” (Screen grab)Stock photo of two women. (Creative Commons/Pexels)



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