Flickr Blocks Restricted Content (for Indian IPs) – Some perspective

Flickr has restricted Indian IPs for default safesearch, and that means surfing for porn (restricted content) may result in Flickr blocking certain content (i.e. content rated moderate or restricted).

If your Yahoo! ID is based in Singapore, Hong Kong, India or Korea you will only be able to view safe content based on your local Terms of Service (this means you won’t be able to turn SafeSearch off). – Flickr help

Fret about this?

Heated debate going on at this Flickr forum and expect some backlash from Indian users, especially in a site where the definition of porn vs. art crosses a thin line (after all, it’s all relative).

Yahoo image search - default safesearch
Yahoo image search - default safesearch

But before you fret, do you know that Yahoo image search doesn’t allow one to change their safesearch option (its disabled)?

And this (i.e yahoo image case) ain’t anything new (it has existed for quite sometime). I believe here is this is a yahoo wide decision to disable safe search option (flip it and you will see all porn), as the country law makes is too hazy for porn material (case in point: Savita Bhabhi blcked, also read:IT Act Amendment Bill – Publishing Obscene Material Punishable ); and Flickr update is just an implementation of this decision.

Share your opinion, especially if you are a Flickr fanboy(or girl).

And FYI – be aware of the fact that Bing has banned porn queries in India.

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