Home > News > Google Discriminates Against Porn

Google Discriminates Against Porn

The adult film industry demands to be treated equally in the era of the search engine
Google Discriminates Against Porn© 2017 Wikimedia Commons

Recently the adult film industry has been outspoken in Google’s discrimination against the adult industry.

The allegation suggests that Google has not yet introduced the same kind of publicity for legitimate downloads in the way that it recently has for the music and film industry. Google recently made a deal with the music industry in the UK so that when a user googled a music song or album, Google would first show legal links so as to prioritize a paid download. Artists and music labels have long time taken issue that the first thing that comes up during a search is piracy links.

 The online adult industry is currently the only industry that is not allowed to buy advertising space on Google.

Prominent stars and influential industry figures are now demanding the same rights. According to the BBC, the online adult industry is currently the only industry that is not allowed to buy advertising space on Google.

According to Nate Glass, who runs Takedown Piracy, “Studios do have to convince consumers why they should pay and make that transaction easy. But it doesn't help when consumers can't find those pages because they're on Page 10 of Google after the 100 or so most egregious pirate sites in the world”.

As quoted by the BBC article, Actress Angela White believes “Google continues to discriminate against the adult industry. Google is perpetuating the misconception that the adult industry is not a legitimate industry. How many times a day is the word 'porn' typed into the Google search interface? Mainstream corporations like Google continue to discriminate against the adult industry despite the world being genuinely interested in seeking out pornography”. Google has since refused to comment. 

Google has since refused to comment.

The adult film industry has legitimate reasons for wanting a deal with Google. Not only has the industry suffered a loss due to piracy, but alternatively, Google would also gain some benefits, such as ensuring age restrictions, which has long been a contentious point in politics, for fear of being interpreted as “promoting” pornography.

The porn industry seems to be in agreement, and most figures argue that the problem begins in how society views sex workers. Moose, president of Girlfriend Films, as quoted by BBC states, “Society doesn't view sex workers as people, but rather commodities. Pirating adult content hurts real people, from the women and men in front of the camera, to the editors, office workers, and adult shop employees.”

 

Comments

Related Articles

Add to comparison
Compare
This page is currently only available in English.