Microsoft’s Bing search engine is facing heat for reportedly including images of child pornography in its search results. The issued was described on Thursday by TechCrunch, which said it commissioned a study on the images propagated by Bing from AntiToxin Technologies, an Israeli startup focused on online safety, in response to an anonymous tip.
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In yet another case of a search engine finding itself in hot water over racist, sexist or otherwise problematic search results, it appears Microsoft’s Bing — whose technology also powers Yahoo’s search function — is returning wildly offensive related search suggestions in its image search function.
A report from online tech blog How-To Geek published Wednesday surfaced a number of alarming returns on queries, including racist language and conspiracy theories.
The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the US internet before the 2016 US federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine.
If you searched on Bing maps last week for Melbourne, you would have instead been re-directed to a spot in the North Pacific Ocean, off the East coast of Japan.
How did this happen? Bing was using inaccurate information from Wikipedia, namely, Wikipedia didn't include the all-important South on the co-ordinates.
They say if you want to hide a dead body, ditch it in the 2nd page of Google search results. Even the word "Google" is used as a verb: To search online. When Google was on the rise, people used to post numbers all the time showing competition among search engines. It's been a while, and Roy Morgan has some new numbers to show just how dominant Google has become in Australia.
Google's venerable (and profitable) search engine is well known for offering useful tools beyond its core functionality, and Microsoft has been tricking out Bing with a few extra features of its own -- such as an app for tuning your guitar right from the search page. Here's how to make sure you're playing in tune using Microsoft's search engine.
Facebook and Microsoft have had a relatively long-standing partnership when it comes to search: for years, Facebook searches would also show Bing results, and Bing queries have thrown up results from your friends. But history seems to mean very little to Facebook, which appears to have quietly killed Bing results.
The Bing search engine will now give you results if you use emojis instead of words in your search query. "With this new feature, you can search using your favourite emoji, and Bing will return results based on the semantic meaning of the emoji," Bing wrote in a blog post (probably right after sending the Google team a message solely comprised of a bunch of smiley poop emojis).
The twisting sidewalks and dizzying density of Brazil's favelas might deter most outsiders from navigating these crowded inner-city neighbourhoods, which informally house about 1.5 million of the country's residents. Yet in the last few months, both Google and Microsoft have both been seen mapping their narrow streets and dirt paths.
Microsoft has big plans for Bing, and one of those plans is to use the search service's 'entity engine' to link all your favourite apps. If you've got your LinkedIn account already authorised with Bing, for example, searching for someone's name will bring up their LinkedIn data and your association with them. That's just the first step.