Elliott C. Back: Internet & Technology

BayImg: Google Ads + Porn Pictures

Posted in Adsense, Google, Photo by Elliott Back on June 21st, 2007.

I like the idea behind Pirate Bay’s new image hosting venture Bay Image, which is free, unrestricted image hosting outside of political influence or police control. I like the idea that visual information can find a free home. However, they have a big problem at the moment, which is the massive amounts of porn being uploaded. Just take a look at their tag cloud and it becomes clear what BayImg really is: a free porn hosting site:

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They have a “report image” link, but according to their terms on the front page, these kind of images are probably ok:

Bayimg is a place where you can host all your images. We do not censor them. We believe in freedom of speech, it’s of utter importance to us. As long as your pictures are legal they will be hosted here, but we reserve the right to remove images due to technical reasons though.

OK, that’s fine. You’re a website, you can host whatever you want. I don’t have a problem with that, but Google, who provides the advertisments for your site, probably does. You can’t run Adsense next to porn, it’s not allowed:

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For the sake of the argument, take my word for it that horsie and friend are sharing more than a hug. So far, with 82,276 images and 1,753,943 photos, BayImg is set to explode on the image hosting scene, but let’s hope they can either solve their porn problem, or find a new advertising partner before Google drops them. I’m not even going to get started on how this looks for their public image or respectability…

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6 Responses to “BayImg: Google Ads + Porn Pictures”

  1. joop says:

    Hey! as Solsys says, you really have to go out of your way to see any porn on bayimg, if you don’t go looking for it then you wont see it, this goes for the entire Internet.

    my advise is relax …. here in the UK, during Victorian times even table legs had to be covered up for fear of them being to prerogative, you know ( legs ) Ooooh:0.

    the point is though during the same time orgies and rodgering of all manner where common place, what this illustrates is a social high ground cannot be held without an equal level of social depravity behind it.

    whether you admit it to your self or not some of that porn makes your genitals twitch.

    all I can say is have a wank and find release.

  2. Solsys says:

    Will: In order to see the vast majority of porn on bayimg you have to turn on “explicit content” in the preferences on the site. Some images slip thru the filters, but all in all they do about as good a job filtering as Google’s own image search.

    As long as bayimg continues to make the best attempt to filter out porn, I doubt Google is going to do anything about it. Not to mention the Google guys have a clue and know damned well the pirate bay would turn it into a PR nightmare for them.

  3. WillSWC says:

    Quite amusing. Seeing as how I’ve yet to see any porn on BayImg it appears the problem has left all by itself.

  4. Elliott Back says:

    Jealous!? No, I don’t have any interest in mashing up porn and image hosting, thank you very much.

  5. Random Reader says:

    You sound like you’re jealous, not concerned. Maybe your google ads next to porn project got canned? Either way you are playing the role of a rat not a blogger.

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