Add the ability to block keywords, not just URLs

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Currently we can block URLs but not keywords.  Certain keywords are easily identified as explicit (e.g., "sex") but others are not (e.g., the names of adult actresses), and it would be useful to block pages containing those keywords without blocking the whole site (e.g., blocking the Facebook page of an adult actress without blocking Facebook entirely).

Thanks!
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Corwin

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Corwin,

Thank you for asking about this idea; I'm glad you're thinking about internet safety. When it comes to this specific part of internet safety, I am not aware of a company that provides a reliable tool for blocking keywords. If you discover one, please post it here.

In our case, we believe that accountability provides the greatest value. We believe that filtering URLs has value, but not as much value as accountability does. Filtering keywords would be a totally different ball game. The rules would have to be so nuanced, to make it a good product, that it would take a ton of research and development. The reality of things is that we have to stay focused on delivering our primary service, accountability.

Thanks again for being proactive about online safety.

Robert
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Hey Robert, follow up on this post.  Is it challenging to add "keywords" to a report [instead of also blocking]?  This way an A/P knows you searched for an inappropriate term.  I imagine this may be challenging as well but figured it couldn't hurt to ask.
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jakael02,

I agree, it doesn't hurt to ask. Monitoring/reporting search terms is something we did at one time. I don't know why/when that was dropped, but I'll ask around and see what I can find out. 

An immediate challenge I could envision is determining which words would be considered inappropriate. Another challenge would be detecting words that have been "redefined" by the porn industry or by porn addicts. When common words that carry a plain and legitimate meaning get hijacked for nefarious reasons, the complexity level is raised.

Perhaps one of those reasons led to the dropping of that feature, either one seems hard to manage. But I don't know and I'll post something here after I ask around.

Thanks for asking!

Robert
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Thanks for the feedback.  

Agree it is difficult to define those words, especially as I reflect more on it..  What I had envisioned was a 'block list' that a user defines {sexy, yoga, etc.}.  Personally, ten or so words would wipe out all standard searches, but I'm sure my vocabulary would evolve if needed.  

So I'm not sure how effective it would be & if it's been tested out in the past, I understand it didn't have great success if not maintained.

Thanks again.  
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