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Friday, August 17, 2007

No YouPorn On

You probably knew Google self-censors Nazi material in Germany, but did you know they also self-censor adult stuff? And I’m not talking about the SafeSearch filter. – a “porn 2.0” website, and a bit of a clone of Google’s YouTube – is missing with or without SafeSearch, as Wikipedia’s entry on the site points out.

To reproduce this, search for youporn on You won’t find the domain in the results, but instead, you’ll get the following message at the bottom of the page:

In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 4 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at

The Chilling Effects notice, dated December 14, 2005 (the sender is omitted), reads:

A URL that otherwise would have appeared in response to your search, was not displayed because that URL was reported as illegal by a German regulatory body.

What regulatory body this is or why YouPorn is supposed to be illegal, the notice doesn’t mention. for this particular search reports 4 censored results, but overall, around 88,600 pages are missing (outside of Google results, YouPorn is accessible in Germany, by the way). Wonder if Google would also promptly remove YouTube in when they’d get the order?

I contacted YouPorn about this and will post an update if they reply.

[Via Wikipedia.]


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