Google’s shame: Search for ‘Facebook video of’ and you get a series of sickening links (until the Mail stepped in)

  • Surfers within one click of video of woman being beheaded
  • Other links that appeared included ‘man sexually abusing child’ and ‘child molestation’
  • Google took action within 12 hours of being notified of the search terms
  • But search giant still under pressure to introduce stricter ‘filtering’

Google has been forced to urgently change its predictive search function after The Mail on Sunday revealed that the internet giant was directing users to a sickening video of a man beheading a woman and articles about a vile clip of a man sexually abusing a child. 

Unsuspecting users simply typing ‘Facebook video of’ were just one click away from the horrendous material. Google’s auto-search function works by predicting what users are going to type in, based on the most popular internet searches. 

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Because of this, last week users who made similar searches – many of whom could be schoolchildren – were given a selection of options, including a 57-second video appearing to show a young Mexican woman, her hands tied behind her back and on her knees, being beheaded by a masked man in broad daylight.

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