NIX Solutions: Google Starts Hiding Explicit Images in SERP

Over the coming months, Google search will begin to hide (blur) explicit and inappropriate images in SERPs by enabling the SafeSearch filter for all users.

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According to the company blog, this is to help people protect themselves and their families from unintentionally encountering this kind of content on search.

Once the setting is set to default, Google will notify users that hiding unwanted SafeSearch images is enabled. If desired, the user will be able to see them by clicking the “view image” button, or by going to the “manage settings” to configure the filter or turn it off completely, says SearchEngines.

For example, you can select the “filter” option, which will filter not only explicit images, but also texts and links. Or the “disable” option to see all results that match the query, even if they contain explicit images.

NIX Solutions notes that hiding SafeSearch images is already enabled by default for underage registered users, but all other search users have not yet been protected. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that images are hidden only in Google search results and are not blocked on third-party sites that the user goes to from the search results.