Censorship on Google Instant

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com September 09 2010 7:00 PM ET

The Web is buzzing about Google's latest advancement, Google Instant, which doesn't even wait for the user to click the search button after typing a query. It simply goes straight to the page by predicting what you will type, as you type it.

However, it's been discovered that the "autocomplete excludes certain terms related to pornography, violence and hate speech," according to Google. The feature also happens to exclude the words "bisexual" and "lesbian" while allowing "homosexual," "gay," "queer," "dyke," "transvestite," and "transgender" to be searchable instantly.  

A petition at Change.org
urges the search engine giant to reverse the censorship, as the terms are not exclusive to pornography.