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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About the Author

A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to Forbes.com, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

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