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“Bisexual” No Longer On The List Of Google’s Banned Words

Bisexuals — and those who love them — can breathe a sigh of relief now that Google has deemed the term safe for work.

Till now Google has associated “bisexual” with pornography,  having added it to its list of banned terms in 2009. As a result, organizations and community resources catering to bisexuals had a drop in search rankings. Enter BiNet USA. The advocacy group successfully petitioned Google to take their minds out of the gutter and get with the bi program.

“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,” BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham told the Advocate.  “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.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Sep 11, 2012
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  • 9 Comments
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      Good, better late than never. Can you imagine the right royal sh*tstorm that would have kicked off if they’d banned homosexual, heterosexual or other terms?

      Sep 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • thefayth
      thefayth

      I’ve put up some additional thoughts that touch upon some finer points here: http://www.thefayth.com/2012/09/winning-over-google.html

      Sep 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Carl 1:

      Carl, multiple search screens do ban the word homosexual or gay. We were trying to do charity outreach from a job and had many people wanted to direct their employee donations to a gay group and couldn’t pull any of them up to get them added to the listing because the standard filter provided by the outside vendor screened out homosexual and gay.

      Took a bit of a shitstorm to get that removed.

      Sep 12, 2012 at 6:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cosmic Destroyer
      Cosmic Destroyer

      Yes, but I’m guessing “Cynthia Nixon” is still a dirty word.

      Sep 12, 2012 at 7:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      FUCK Google, and everyone that use it!!. Block it and stop use it like many of us did long time a go!! .

      Sep 12, 2012 at 10:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      @KARUADAM: We get most of our traffic from Google. Nearly everyone uses it.

      Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      Happy International Celebrate Bisexuality Day September 23rd!
      http://september23.bi.org/

      Sep 12, 2012 at 10:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @GeriHew:

      And how will YOU be celebrating it Geri? :)

      Sep 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      @Cam: I hope to be doing some bouncing up and down at some point……

      Sep 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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