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It has not been the best of days for Google. First there were the reports about Gumblar, a Google SERPs manipulation that is growing at an unprecedented rate. And now it seems that porn has been thrown into the Google mix, or at least into the Google Gadgets mix.

I was first alerted to the problem by a thread which appeared the official Google AdSense support forums which revealed that the main Google Gadget Directory page included not one, but two, explicit sex related Gadgets. One is called Akrosex Sex Videos and the other Beautiful Naked Women Pics. You could not exactly say that these Gadgets were hiding their true colours under deliberately inoffensive names, but then the icon images for both were obviously sexual in nature as well.

Whereas Apple is filtering out anything vaguely offensive from the App Store, it would appear that Google has fallen asleep on the job as far as screening offensive material from the Gadget Directory. Oddly, early reports showed that the sites behind the Gadgets also had AdSense adverts on them but these were quickly removed. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Google Gadget Directory. At the time of writing, more than a day after the Gadgets were first reported as being shown, they remain in full view. Both Gadgets have full nudity and sexually explicit photographs in violation of the terms and conditions of Google Gadgets.

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