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Google unblocks ‘bisexual’ from list of banned search results

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Without fanfare, internet search giant Google on Tuesday quietly unblocked the term “bisexual” from its search engine results.

Prior to the change, Google had associated “bisexual” with pornography, and the search giant added the term or associated word groupings to its list of banned terms in 2009.

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As a result, bisexual advocacy organizations, resource websites and community groups that cater to the bisexual community saw a significant drop in search rankings, according to Faith Cheltenham, a Los Angeles based web media producer who’s also the President of BiNet USA, the national non-profit advocacy organization “and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified” people.

Cheltenham’s group successfully petitioned Google to change its policies.

After Google unblocked the term “bisexual,” phrases such as “bisexual quotes,” “bisexual rights,” and “bisexual parenting” are now automatically suggested to Google users as of this month.

“It’s not every day one of the biggest companies in the world changes its mind, but we are thankful that Google now sees bisexual people just like everyone else.”

“It will take time for bisexual search terms to be ranked as they were before the ban, but now bisexual people and their allies have a fighting chance to be seen, heard, and understood,” said Cheltenham.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Aparently not in Scotland or the UK.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:02pm
  2. Worked when I googled it, but I live in the U.S.

    Sorry for the controls in Scotland and the UK.

    What’s up with that Google?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:06pm
  3. Bisexual was banned? so you’re saying that .. “I” was banned? :[ Oh.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:11pm
  4. Why ban that word?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:13pm
  5. ive googled porn and pornography before and had no problems finding either… this makes no since to me… :/

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:22pm
  6. Didn’t work when I just did it… and I live in the US :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:23pm
  7. Why is Google regulating what people can search.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:31pm
  8. I just googled it and it worked.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:32pm
  9. Why was it ever banned? So silly.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:59pm
  10. I am shocked that it was ever blocked in the first place. Freedom of speech issue?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 4:07pm
  11. That really offends me!! I’m 36, I’ve been bi since I was 16, & I’m not just “confused”! It seems to me that there is a significant lack of support for individuals who identify themselves as bi. I blame it on drunk girls who hook up just to turn guys on. I know who I am, and I know what I like. I’m honest and proud of it!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 4:32pm
  12. I think they mean FILTERED, not banned. Google uses a filtering system default-set at filtering adult searches, which you can easily turn off. Not assuming the word bisexual is tied to porn content is the real story.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:14pm
  13. What the fuck google? why was this filtered in the first place?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:40pm
  14. Wait Bisexual was banned? then how come I could always find gay or bi porn?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 6:50pm
  15. Why did they ban it in the first place?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:10pm
  16. Unfortunately, Ashley, it’s the girls that get mad at guys and decide they like girls and do the bouncing back and forth that gives you bi’s a bad rap… goodness knows I wish you girls stopped playing with my little queer heart. :p

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 3:39am