A technology glitch temporarily turned Google’s new personal listings service, Google Base, into a vast, virtual red-light district earlier this week.
Launched last week, Google Base is the search company’s foray into free classified listings and other user-generated content. Anyone can use the service to classify and post all kinds of information, from business services and used cars for sale to recipes and photos.
Google Base allows adult content but should filter most of it if visitors use the company’s SafeSearch feature, which blocks pornographic material from appearing in search results. That wasn’t the case earlier this week, however, due to a technical glitch that allowed porn to leak into Google Base search results.
“Yesterday evening, we became aware of a problem with the Google Base SafeSearch feature and we acted quickly to resolve the issue,” Google spokesman Nate Tyler said via an e-mail on Wednesday. He said the filter feature was broken for “some period of time,” but declined to further specify.