My son decided to make brownies last night. Since he is of the Google generation, the thought of a cook book never crossed his mind. Instead, he headed right to his laptop and searched for brownie recipe .
Imagine my surprise when he asked me why Google was suggesting adding weed to his brownies. I consider myself pretty liberal as a parent and I don’t fault Google for returning porn if my child enters a keyword that calls for porn, but I really don’t want them suggesting adding drugs to dessert.
Uncle B says
You got it all wrong! Google advocates eating grass in brownies, smoking that stuff will cause irreparable damage to your lungs and that is evil!
Gab Goldenberg says
Lol… typical Google-ness. As to Google returning porn in results to kids… that’s not likely something that should be encouraged, givent the high potential for addiction in kids. I was just reading a case, Caputo v Imperial Tobacco, and found this quotation:
““The plaintiffs claim that the defendants engaged in advertising, media, and public relations campaigns designed to increase their sales, which explicitly or implicitly denied all health-related consequences of consuming their products. Further, they allege that the defendants targeted children and young adults, as the defendants’ own research indicated that 90% of smokers begin to smoke before age 18 and that it was unlikely for a person to start smoking after the age of 19.””
Funny, but I am sure you know, Google wasn’t suggesting adding drugs to a desert. Google was showing popular related searches. However, Google does a great job at NOT suggesting popular porn searches, so you would think they are smart enough to filter out drug related searches.