Facebook’s search bar apparently yields results that are deemed NSFW, reports have confirmed. Several users say that its autocomplete feature is alarming.
The issue gained attention after someone posted what they have experienced on another social media outlet. Its appeal extends across all demographics, so it is understandable that some of its members are possibly minors. The news is certainly alarming as it could suggest inappropriate and sensitive content for young users.
It is highly possible that a large number of the Facebook users have already encountered similar results. After all, the feature is in place and used by people to locate other people and anything relevant to the words they type on the search bar.
Jonah Bennet, a journalist, graduate student, and researcher, posted his discovery on Twitter. He claims that a friend told him about it and he then gave it a try. The autocomplete results that he got must have been as offensive as what the others got. Presumably, it’s the reason why he wants to draw the media’s attention to it as soon as possible.
“Go to your Facebook search by and type: video of and see what results show up,” posted Bennet.
He tried doing it again after a couple of hours and this time, got normal suggestions. However, another quick search in Spanish reportedly suggested sex videos.
Right now, go to your Facebook search bar and type: video of and see what results show up. —…