Google is now blurring sensitive images by default

Google has implemented a new SafeSearch feature that automatically blurs sensitive images (photos of a violent, sexual nature, etc.) in its results. This will happen to all users by default – including those who don't have SafeSearch enabled. The setting was first announced in February but is expected to roll out globally this month.

This announcement is part of a major initiative by Google Search. As the company puts it, this feature “puts you in control of your personal information, privacy and online safety” . The company also recently announced updates to its “Results about you” dashboard, making it easier to request removal of your personal information or sensitive images from search results. It also makes it easier for families to access parental controls directly from the search interface.

Provided you are not using a supervised account, you can adjust this setting at any time. Do you see the little “SafeSearch” button at the top right of your Google Search screen? Just click on it and select “Off”.

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