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Mystery porn bug stumps Google

Asher Moses | Feb. 13, 2013
Google is trying to figure out the cause of a mysterious search bug that returns porn results.

"As a web search query, [-4^(1/4)] is interpreted like [-4 "1 4"], as in 'Find me pages which contain a 1 next to a 4, but which do not contain a 4.'," he said.

"This should return zero results, because it is impossible to satisfy both requirements. However, we have uncovered a bug that causes some web pages to 'match' these contradictory queries," he said. "Since these are the only results that 'match' the query, they are the results that get shown."

Google Australia confirmed the bug but refused to comment further. Some have speculated the reason those contradictory queries return only adult links is because it was a black hat search engine optimisation technique used by porn site operators.


 

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