Why Does Google’s New ‘Instant’ Feature Exclude Lesbians and Bisexuals?

Posted on 10 Sep 2010 at 9:44am

Yesterday Google unveiled Google Instant, a new feature that quickly suggests links as you enter your search query. For example, type in "bi" and it will suggest pages on bipolar disorder. Type in "bisexual" though and you'll get a blank page. Google Instant Product manager Jonathan Effrat says, "Finding the right information should feel easy," but Google apparently has an Apple-like criteria in deciding what information is "right." Among the terms their new feature just won't serve: lesbian, orgasm, and Michael Lucas (sorry Mike).

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