Does anyone else have a dilemma with safesearch being forced onto us?

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Does anyone else here not okay with the fact that the new app release forces on SafeSearch for Google and Bing? As someone who needs accountability, I highly value the fact that all my browsing history is shared with those I trust. However, I'm struggling with the idea of having SafeSearch and restricted mode on YouTube forced on me.
It's one thing to allow all my online behavior to be recorded and used for valuable, meaningful conversation; but it's another to thing to be placed into a virtual straight jacket (maybe that's too strong of a simile but it seems like we're on that path). I find so much value and growth in being faced with the question "Do I really want to look at this page, or make this questionable search query?" rather than just being denied the option altogether. Not to mention the fact that i'm potentially being blocked out of internet content that I pay my ISP for.
I dunno... does anyone else feel this way? Or am I just being paranoid in assuming that too much online content will get filtered out?
I haven't reinstalled the app due to this, and poor performance issues with the VPN when switching between WiFi and LTE.
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Neri Lemus

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  • frustrated, cornered

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tekfranz

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You can subscribe to Accountability Only Plan. That should not have any filtering at all.
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Joe Brazell

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I agree; the Android app no longer has filtering, but at times things I know to be safe are now permanently blocked due to this enforcement. I was bad enough before when we were stuck with Samsung Internet or Chrome, but now the whole VPN thing is too problematic. Inconvenience seems to be in CE's DNA.
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I can only speak from my experience with the iOS app. The phone apps have always had limits not enforced on desktop apps. I think due to some limitations with what all can be monitored, enforcing safesearch is the only option. I don't know for sure that's the case with the Android app, but that's my best guess. Personally I prefer a more robust accountability solution with limitations on overall phone functionality, rather than having limited accountability. I think with iPhones and Android devices, that's the choice we have before us. As far as Youtube specifically, they have mentioned that already, but their hands are kind of tied with that.
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I just read up on the Android app; it sounds like how it handles Youtube may be different than iOS.