Great news for bisexual people: Google has finally unblocked us from its search algorithm, meaning it will now automatically suggest searches when users are googling terms relating to bisexuality.
Oh wait, not quite. This change only applies in the US, so if you’re using the UK site, it still won’t bother autocompleting these searches.
None of this makes any fucking sense whatsoever. Why was the term “bisexual” ever excluded in the first place? Why has it only been approved in the USA?
I can only speculate that Google’s blocking is down to some sort of bullshit about blocking obscene content, because apparently bisexuality is all about sex and maybe it’s porn and something something OH GOD THINK OF THE CHILDREN (and perhaps non-USian children are more prone to being corrupted by knowing that some people fancy men and women).
It ties in with the larger cultural invisibility of bisexuals: the gay rights movement has successfully raised awareness of some types of same-sex relationship, but bisexuals tend to get left out in the cold. Perhaps it’s partially because when a bi person is in a monogamous relationship, it will be classified as “straight” or “gay”, which, obviously, elides all the polyamorous people, too.
Whatever the reasoning, biphobia is not on. Also, fuck Google.
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Use Duckduckgo instead. I think Google search has had its day. DDG doesn’t track you like Google. https://duckduckgo.com/about.html
Didn’t a similar thing happen with lesbians? I reckon google’s criteria just has more to do with what wanking straight dudes might google than the possibility of queer people ever googling themselves.
anyone know where i could find a comprehensive list of all the words currently blocked on google?
http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/ voila, complete with commentary.
thanks emma! that’s ace cheers
Fucking ridiculous. But look, everyone’s at it: