Bing is cesspool of dirt and Microsoft has just sprayed air freshener. We reported about Bing's scary search suggestions back in October, and Microsoft promised to fix it. Now, a TechCrunch survey has found even worse child utilization.
TechCrunch had an in-depth investigation by an AntiToxin, an online security company working with Israeli authorities, and that company found large amounts of child pornography on Bing's image search. This is particularly shocking because we reported this problem a few months ago. Microsoft promised to fix it to fix it, but apparently Microsoft just put some tape tools on Bing and didn't fix the deeper problem.
We also reported scary racist and conspiratorial search suggestions on Bing, so the problem isn't even limited to child exploitation. For example, Bing suggested terms such as "evil Jews", "black people are stupid," and "Michelle Obama is a man"
Josh Constine, who writes for TechCrunch, explains the problem:
I llegal child exploitation images are easy to find on Microsoft's Bing search engine, but even more alarming is that Bing is coming to suggest related keywords and images that provide pedophiles with more child pornography.
… The evidence shows a huge failure on Microsoft's side to adequately police their Bing search engine and prevent its proposed searches and images from helping pedophiles.  Read the entire survey report if you can stomach the scary details. (And please, do not search for the search terms that are linked in the report, look for m you can commit crimes by looking at the resulting images.)
Again, Microsoft said that this was unacceptable and promised to clean up Bing. A Microsoft spokesman did not seem happy with the implication that Microsoft had badly damaged itself here. As the spokesman said to TechCrunch:
I have the feeling that you say we have completely screwed up here and we have always been bad, and that is clearly not the case in the historical context.
But we disagree. Microsoft turned up badly. Bing still has the same problem that Microsoft promised to fix a few months ago.
Let's make stock here: Microsoft is one of the world's most valuable companies. As Josh Constine notes, it earned more than $ 8.8 billion in profits last quarter. Microsoft has the resources to fix it if it wanted to.
Microsoft should shut down Bing if it doesn't want to invest the resources needed to stop the search engine from suggesting and displaying child pornography.