Ubuntu

No obvious way to restrict shopping suggestions from displaying adult products

Reported by coversnail on 2012-09-21
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This bug affects 145 people
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unity-lens-shopping (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Shopping suggestions can produce results that contain inappropriate images in the preview pictures, and links to items that are clearly not suitable for all ages.

There appears to be no easy way to restirct what suggestions are shown apart from removing unity-shopping-lens altogether

coversnail (coversnail) wrote :

Just for fun here's some examples of what can show up

coversnail (coversnail) wrote :
coversnail (coversnail) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity-lens-shopping (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Michael Scherer (misc-zarb) wrote :

If you type "sex dungeon" and that it give you "sex dungeon", that's hard to avoid. Now if you typed something else, yes, that's a issue. So could you give how someone could find a inapropriate result based on a rather regular search ( ie, if I type "kitten" and find something pronographic, that would be a problem. If I type "penis" and I find pictures of penis, there isn't much to do )

coversnail (coversnail) wrote :

The only time I have noticed explicit content through general use was when I typed "Dungeon" (because I have a game installed that starts with dungeon), and that brought up erotic ebooks. Obviously the examples I posted pictures of can only really be stumbled across through typing explicit words.

The 'bug' itself doesn't bother me, I don't think the internet can be filtered and it's the parents job to see what content children may be looking at, I just posted because I know there are people who may be offended.

I'm not sure anything could be done anyway because Amazon provides no way to filter there results this way, they are clear in there terms and conditions that it is an adult site, This is from there T&C's : "If you are under 18 you may use the Amazon Services only with the involvement of a parent or guardian." http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=footer_cou?ie=UTF8&nodeId=1040616 Does this mean that an under 18 year old is not allowed to use a computer with this feature installed without the involvement of a parent or guardian.

OerHeks (oerheks) wrote :

This bug security flaw affects me too.

Tom Brossman (tom.brossman) wrote :

Michael, if I'm searching for the King Missile song 'Detachable Penis' I don't want to have images of male genitalia on my screen. If I'm searching for a 'Pussy Riot' song I'm going to have a hard time explaining to the wife why pornographic images are in my dash. This is a valid bug and this absolutely needs to be addressed. Well done to coversnail for filing this bug.

Danillo (danillo) wrote :

There are lots of explicit band names like Karma Sutra, Naked Aggresion, Rudimentary Peni, Penis Flytrap, Sex Gang Children, Sex Pistols, and The Vibrators that could result in pornographic results on the dash. Potentially, fuzzy matching could also cause this for less explicit artistic names too, like mistaking Dido for dildo. I'd find it really offensive having pornographic results on the home dash while searching for a specific band or song, and I'm sure lots of other people would find the same.

Eric Appleman (erappleman) wrote :

Mark doesn't care about NSFW stuff appearing in Ubuntu.

See bug 844081.

Scott Zeid (scottywz) wrote :

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote on 2011-11-17:
>
> On 17/11/11 11:30, Eric Appleman wrote:
> > I agree with Fred and his waifu wallpaper.
> >
> > What if the background is NSFW or confidential?
>
> Don't pick a wallpaper which can be viewed over your shoulder or when
> you unlock a screen or plug into a projector that you are not
> comfortable with your mother[-in-law] seeing.
>
> Mark

That's clearly referring to inappropriate content provided by the user, i.e. the user chose an inappropriate background image. In this case, the inappropriate content is being provided by Amazon, and the user doesn't (in many cases) expect to see NSFW images in the results list.

Dylan Taylor (aliendude5300) wrote :

All adult listings should be banned by default. Think of school children that use Ubuntu. I don't mind on my personal computer in my home, but if I'm using my laptop in public, and sex products show up on my screen without me wanting them to, etc. then we have a problem.

BenHagan (smooth-texan) wrote :

IMHO, there needs to be some king of an adult filter on by default. This can be the kind of black eye that can really hurt Ubuntu in mainstream public perception.

Owais Lone (loneowais) wrote :

I don't really care about the shopping lens being there by default. I think a lot of people could use it but this is a concern. In the long term, we could have an option in control center to allow such content. For now I think http://productsearch.ubuntu.com/ should filter out such results and only return non-NSFW results to the shopping scope.

no longer affects: unity-lens-shopping
B. Milde (bmilde) wrote :

Couldn't you just filter out certain categeories and tags on amazon, for an easy start?

Books > Literature & Fiction > Erotica
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Erotica
Health & Personal Care > Sexual Wellness > Safer Sex
...

Sometimes an Erotica subcategory is missing, like for movies, so this approach won't filter all NSFW (Not safe for work) results. But there are also tags which customers give to items, which can be used to filter (porno, sex, erotica and so on).
 A "safer shopping search" should absolutely be implemented in on way or another and should also be enabled by default. It could then be disabled by the user at wish. Just like google does it with their search results.

Galvatron (megatron) wrote :

Really, it's VERY embarrassing and dangerous. If it spreads, it can hurt the reputation of Ubuntu - and even Linux as a whole -really badly. Personally, I would block it not only completely, but also permanently, to make the system 101% family-safe.

Jonathan Carter (jonathan) wrote :

FWIW, this package will be disabled in Edubuntu, see bug LP: #1055705 for more information.

Seriously? People, grow up and do something useful ...

You know what happens when you type "penis" into Google? Guess what, you get to see lots and lots of penises. (even with strict safe search). If you don't want to see penises (or boobs, or whatever) than don't search for it.

There's simply no point trying to filter search results to not show what you just searched for, other than satisfying people who have nothing better to do than sit around all day and moan. Get a life ...

Danillo (danillo) wrote :

>You know what happens when you type "penis" into Google? Guess what, you get to see lots and lots of penises. (even with strict
>safe search).

Not if you type it in Google Scholar. Try it: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=penis

There are some professionals like doctors, psychologists, social scientists, biologists and others whose work and research involve files with words like e.g. "penis". So they shouldn't use super for quickly finding papers on their computer if they don't wanna see "lots and lots of penises" in Ubuntu's dash? And what about fuzzy matching? And what if someones mistypes a word? It's not as simple as one might think.

coversnail (coversnail) wrote :

I'll admit when I first filed the bug report I didn't think that it was really too serious an issue, but thinking on it I can see quite a number of occasions were potentially inappropriate content could be shown to a user that doesn't want to or didn't expect to see it. And it certainly must be considered that NSFW content is called Not Safe For Work for a reason, and that being that you can lose your job for it appearing on your computer.

For some situations that it may be a problem: penis, vagina, breasts are all scientific terms and not inappropriate words and its not inconceivable that files are stored on computers containing these words in medical workplaces and educational institutions, and the presence nsfw content may be unacceptable.

 Tits are a subspecies of birds

Its not unreasonable to think that many peoples nickname for their pet cat is Pussy Cat and they could have photos with that name, but typing that will definitely bring up adult content.

If you have files on a customer whose first name is Dick you will also come across nsfw content.

Another problem is that the search doesn't occur when you press enter it searches as you type, so any word that begins tit...... may bring up nsfw content, as might typing cockerel.

John Lenton (chipaca) wrote :

Given that filtering the kind of content is essentially impossible, and that you will be able to disable the whole thing from system settings, I'm closing this as "Won't fix".

Changed in unity-lens-shopping (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Matthew Ames (supermatt) wrote :

#21 I disagree!

It's entirely possible for an operating system to include pretty good parental controls. If you take a look at the ones on Mac, as soon as they're enabled, *no* web browser can access anything which is considered to be adult. Is the dash not just a glorified web browser in this sense?

I find it hard to believe that the operating system can't analyse traffic coming in to look for keywords.

John Lenton (chipaca) wrote :

#22 That's good news then; install the parental controls you mention, and this issue goes away.
My own personal position on parental controls is that they don't work, are a bad idea, and worse parenting. But if you want to install them, go ahead.

This bug however is about having (the option of) the server filtering "adult" content from its results. That's not possible in the time frame and with the resources we have, so we won't fix this issue.

Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

Hold on a tick, that doesn't make sense to me. It sounds like you are acknowledging this is a problem that _would_ be fixed given resources. Is that correct?

Also, when you refer to the time frame, do you just mean within the Quantal cycle, or is that all the time being allocated to the feature? Can't the web component be updated at any time?

I guess what I'm driving at is this: would you be open to community contributions that fix this bug?

Bowmore (bowmore) wrote :

It's not an argument to state that this cannot be fixed as it can:

Alt 1: Remove concerned packages from the repos
Alt 2: Fix proper filtering before introducing the feature

Amazon et al should provide filtering options for this kind of stuff.
Any filterings like an adult filter should be set on admin level.
Such filters should be active by default.

Nicola Jelmorini (jelmorini) wrote :

Another example: just search for the tool "Disk use analyzer" and type "anal". You will find the software, but also a lot of "anal" related content. And this is valid for other languages too. For example in Italian ("analizzatore utilizzo del disco"), and so on.

Paddy Landau (paddy-landau) wrote :

Reported by goldsniper in Ubuntu Forums:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2063868

Even an innocuous query such as "Jimmy Ge" returns NSFW images.

mikelococo (mikelococo) wrote :

These results don't show up in web-searches on Amazon.com of "dungeon" and "Jimmy Ge" which are noted as problem searches in comment #6 and comment #27. Is there really not a "safe-search" flag in the api?

susah sebut (sh00j13n) wrote :

"Ubuntu is a good OS alternative to replace Microsoft Windows since it is free, easy to use, got a strong community support etc. But, beware, you have to make sure to uninstall shopping lense in unity so that NSFW stuff that shows some nudity, porn and other explicit content won't appear on your screen"

If this things (as some says it is not a bug - so it won't be fixed) are not fixed starting Quantal or the next cycle, sentence as described above are compulsory for us (community members that always doing ubuntu awareness program in spreading the goodness of ubuntu - to achieve more people using ubuntu) while we are doing our ubuntu awareness campaign especially those in school, college etc.

How happy we are, and our ubuntu awareness campaign's audience will also be soooo thrilled to use ubuntu. sigh.

#sarcasm mode is on - since some people say that they don't care about this NSFW stuff appeared in the ubuntu screen. some even told us to get a life...... I have 2 child, and i only give them ubuntu to use, to learn, and i'm teach them to be ubuntu community activist such as i am (i know i don't know how to code and the only things i'm able to help are spreading ubuntu) but, how do i felt when this kind of stuff - that i tried so hard to make my child get near it (not until they are grown man/woman) but in my computer screen, the OS that i love and tell people to love it also - this are very easy to be shown.

susah sebut (sh00j13n) wrote :

#sarcasm mode is on - since some people say that they don't care about this NSFW stuff appeared in the ubuntu screen. some even told us to get a life...... I have 2 child, and i only give them ubuntu to use, to learn, and i'm teach them to be ubuntu community activist such as i am (i know i don't know how to code and the only things i'm able to help are spreading ubuntu) but, how do i felt when this kind of stuff - that i tried so hard to make my child NEVER get near it (not until they are grown man/woman) but in my computer screen, the OS that i love and tell people to love it also - this are very easy to be shown.

edit: forgot to put NEVER. sorry. can't find an edit button.

teledyn (garym-teledyn) wrote :

thanks for the heads up on this -- I'm reminded of the xscreensaver that had a similar problem (webcollage) only that one was fixable by simply editing out the system level command line for the program such that it only took local images from ~/Pictures or a shared resource that could be controlled.

I am disappointed that Ubuntu is continuing this line, but it isn't surprising I suppose: as Charles Eisenstein puts it, when ever you find human beings doing something brazenly stupid, you needn't dig very far before you find money as the motivation. Clearly here, by the corporate denial of there being anything wrong, we learn that Ubuntu's purpose is not to serve the person at the terminal, but when push comes to shove, to serve the corporate profits -- this is especially clear when we can see from all the examples on this page (outside of the racy band names) that if they saved showing results until AFTER the complete search key was entered, we'd avoid some embarrassment.

but not all: I am now grateful to the narrow minds who did not allow me to roll ubuntu out in our local schools, because the pre-teens would have a field day with this. Sure, we can turn it off, but it is on by default?

I am hoping reason prevails on this, that at the very least the feature can be completely removed if not left as an install/upgrade option; I hate having to hack an install just to get the computer I want in my house, but then, it is because it is a Linux that I will be able to hack out those places where I disagree with the vendor, so in that respect I suppose I can't complain really, I can only say, "Thanks for the heads up" and hope we get warning on when this 'feature' will ship.

Jef Spaleta (jspaleta) wrote :

it is unfortunate that the first network service provider integrated into the home lens doesn't offer a safe search feature as part of their search API. But it is what it is. The reality is that this is a deeply problematic part of the user - network search provider - interaction generally. Most search providers have not deemed it in their best interest to provide safe search options for their searches.

Given the state of search provider standards, its not really surprising that this issue has cropped up so quickly. But it does stress the importance of giving users control over how the home lens works.... by default. Deeply integrating unfiltered search results from search providers is garunteed to be problematic with enough users to make the home lens integrated search funtionality undesirable in key consumer demographics.

The design of the home lens interaction must put the user in control over what search providers are contacted by default. Search providers, who do not implement safe search in their API, most not be allowed to populate the home lens by default. The home lens is best kept opt-in and controllable by the local system administrator (both in home and in business settings). When the content itself cannot be filtered, the vendors who are trusted to provide that searchable content must be controlled by the local admin. Sometimes that's a parent, sometime thats a business IT person, sometimes its a school lab manager, sometimes its just the end user themselves. Allowing search providers to inject search results without requiring them to filter by default is irresponsible and inconsiderate to the subjective and individualistic needs of the users (whether that be the home, a school setting or in a business environment). The default home lens interaction design must change to give control back to users and admins to ensure users have a positive emotional response with the search feature for as many users as possible, even if that means disabling the deep default integration. The integration by default contradicts the concept of least surprise and will undoubtably cause problems for users and admins, especially when it comes to computer interactions with children.

Google's efforts with regard to integrated safe-search stand out starkly as the exception instead of the rule of search providers when it comes to efforts to provide family and workplace safe search content. If Canonical cannot provide a safe-search filter on par with Google, then Canonical should not be integrating search into their default product UI until such time that search provider partner can be found who understands how to deal with this.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

>> would you be open to community contributions that fix this bug?

I don't see any reason, why not.

bean520 (beanie-man-520) wrote :

create a blacklist dictionary file containing all the banned phrases to filter the amazon results before they show up. make the blacklist file a text document, allowing for additional languages etc, and you have a fairly effective filter. Can someone explain to me why cant it happen? hell, ill lend a hand if need be

Lorenzo (deodato-art) wrote :

IMHO we have to be careful to prevent this discussion from becoming "philosophical". The question is that in the default installation of Ubuntu, erotic content may be shown to users that are not explicitly looking for it. Now, I do not have a degree in psychology, HCI or the such but I am pretty sure many people could perceive this as inappropriate/unwanted.

Can this be fixed with some tweaking? Sure. Is it a good message for a beginner? Probably not. Something along the lines of "Linux is totally cool and safe -- by the way, you have to run this cryptic terminal command if you do not want to see boobies in your start menu" - that is not reassuring.

I think this feature was poorly thought, and someone needs to go back, rethink about it and fix this. Whether the solution is some magical adult-content filter, or deactivating the feature alltogether, or creating a separating shopping lens is not so relevant.

Anders Nylund (nylund-anders) wrote :

Beside the obvious problem of showing inappropriate pictures to minors, there is the additional problem of bystanders naturally assuming that the icons on my computer screen that pop up when I start a program or search for a document refers to things that I have installed/downloaded to my computer. So all future ubuntu users should prepare to have an explanation ready every time they hit the dash button and type just about anyting:

- No, that is not my stuff, really, yes really, it's "ubuntu" that finds this for me on the 'net
- ooookaayy, that sounds convincing....

wiz (wiz) on 2012-10-02
tags: added: facepalm

As long as this isn't fixed, the Amazon search results should NOT show up by default in the dash home.

The dash home is supposed to be(come) the place where everything happens in Ubuntu. We can't deliver a product that fortuitously shows results that are NSFW if we want Ubuntu to be a major OS in educative and professional environments. The examples are plenty, as the comments show.

Use the Amazon categories and tags to implement this. And as long this is not implemented, don't make it default for 12.10.

Won't fix ?

It's totally ridiculous ! Just tell this to amazon and try to explain them the problem ! They can implement an API with filtering on adult content very fast I think !

And frankly, you want users, families, your grand mother, everyone of every religions using Ubuntu ?

There is a real and clear problem here that can't be denied. This lens has a problem as of now and should be removed of the defaults. Nobody wants to have such a "surprise" on his computer.

Imagine the same thing happening with the default installation of Windows© or MacOS©, that would be ridiculous and totally unprofessional ...

With all due respect, I find this attitude of denying every problems in Ubuntu very unprofessional ...

I don't have any problem myself with explicit content popping up in my computer but with "won't fix" you are telling that this shouldn't hurt anyone? Please ... This is too big of a problem to seriously think there is no problem at all ...

Gary Mellor (garyjmellor) wrote :

This is the final nail in Ubuntu's coffin for me. I've been using Ubuntu since Karmic. I think since Unity came in things have got worse. This is a great shame. It seems with this 'solution' that no online lens searches will be possible. How does this fit with Linux being about choice? Why not have this lens as a PPA (or Synaptic package) so that if users want the ads and so forth they 'opt in' and pull it down. Some internet searches are useful but I'll aver the vast majority of Ubuntu's core users do not want 'sell-out' ads appearing on their desktop. Whilst I'm sure it's true that users could download the source and remove this feature if they wished, this is not something that the vast majority of hobbyists or newbie's will be able to do easily. It seems to me that Cananical and Ubuntu are fast becoming Linux's equivalent of Microsoft and Windows: starting to restrict choice and foist what it thinks is best upon the community. It's sad but I have now switched distros. I'm now running Linux Mint Debian 64-bit. If you look at Distro Watch Mint has had the higher page hit ranking for quite some time. Linux Mint allows me to keep my productivity up while Ubuntu seems to hinder me now more than when I first started using Karmic and was getting to know this OS. A newbie coming to Ubuntu now has to figure out how to use the Unity metaphor and HUD further complicates things in my opinion. Lenses are not pretty or functional for me - they simply get in the way. I sincerely hope Ubuntu changes the way it does things and if they fail to do so then I hope the community votes with their feet and abandon it and get another distro on their machines. Ubuntu has dropped the ball and lost its way. It is interesting that in the latest edition of Ubuntu User their was some feedback on Unity - there wasn't much positive about it. Come on Ubuntu, please start listening to the community. To say this isn't going to be fixed is nothing short of disgraceful and I hope this is a dealbreaker for the community. Ubuntu: you ARE going to lose user base over this 'feature' - it is ill-thought out and disrespectful to your users and community to say it won't be fixed. How much more Apple/MS-like can you get - you are treating your users with contempt. I will *not* be installing Ubuntu ever again - even in VBox.

autra (autra) wrote :

This lens should be disable by default.
Why not asking and warning the user while installing/upgrading ?

Otus (jan-varho) wrote :

> Is there really not a "safe-search" flag in the api?

Doesn't seem like there is a global safe search option. However, movie results are supposed to return the audience rating, so it should be possible to hide everything R-rated by default.

Obviously, this would only fix the issue for movies.

Dario Ruellan (druellan) wrote :

Since all traffic is routed through Canonical servers (or should be if I understand how things are supposed to work in the end) it becomes Canonical's problem, not Amazon.

Blaming the lack of options on the api is just an excuse to postpone something that must be done in the future, even more if other sources are supposed to become available over time.

My thought is that blacklisting is the only way to go. Google got this same problem on its instant search feature, since then, results never autorefresh if dubious words are detected on the query.

Stepping back, all this was not a public concern when shopping results shown only inside specific lens and not in the home dash. This shows how a small change in scope is going to impacting users deeply. I expect Canonical to be alert, communicative and gather feedback to start fixing things that were problematic or not good enough from the beginning.

James (jagst3r21) wrote :

This should definitely be addressed. It seems like canonical would rather just release this without properly fixing/exploring it.

tags: removed: facepalm
papukaija (papukaija) wrote :

A legal issue has been raised in Ubuntu Forums: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=12265658&postcount=12 - people under 18 may not use Amazon without parental agreement, as stated at http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=508088

djnemec (djnemec) wrote :

Is it using Amazon's Product Advertising API?

http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSECommerceService/2011-08-01/GSG/Welcome.html

According to the wsdl (http://webservices.amazon.com/AWSECommerceService/AWSECommerceService.wsdl) there is a boolean value for "IsAdultProduct" (at least for some results). If it's available all the time, I think it would be a good idea to include the filtering (with maybe a settings value to re-enable it).

If it's much more complicated than that, though, I agree with Canonical's "wontfix" choice.

djnemec (djnemec) wrote :

I can't find a way to edit my last comment, but here's the relevant information from the API reference:

http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSECommerceService/2011-08-01/DG/CHAP_response_elements.html#IsAdultProduct

James (jagst3r21) wrote :

Please use something like this http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSECommerceService/2011-08-01/DG/CHAP_response_elements.html#IsAdultProduct . I don't see how the ubuntu devs could not implement that...

John Lenton (chipaca) wrote :

The IsAdultProduct is not useful, unfortunately: it is missing in most results, and when it is present, it is ... often inexact. Just from doing a few quick searches, consider the following items that have "IsAdultProduct" set to 0 (false):
B004LGTLZO
B005JFMAZ4
B005PP3HMS
B006F8Q1R2
and so on for 6 out of 10 results for the same search term. The other 4, of comparable items, had no IsAdultContent attribute at all.
In searching the actual results I get back (and I repeated the above quick analysis for a short list of queries in English), I have yet to find an item with IsAdultProduct set to 1. Most of the results simply don't have it, and those that do, have it set to 0.

John Lenton (chipaca) wrote :

Bug lp:1060979 should be of interest. It doesn't fix the accidental display of adult content, but it does address the majority of the concerns raised here.

Artem Vorotnikov (skybon) wrote :

Ridiculous. Coupled with the fact of adware by default... much of Ubuntu userbase might be turned away from the project. Way to go Shuttleworth! :\

tags: added: facepalm
ThomasLee82 (kamiyasha) wrote :

Just my own personal ideas here, so take them as you see them.

1. Have this be an opt-in during installation, as is the case with the 3rd party software and installation of updates
2. Have an opt-in opportunity the first time the Dash is opened, and have it mention the setting which can be in the Ubuntu Settings Manager.
3. If this is something that simply will not be disable, have it instead be its own separate lens on the Dash, instead of part of the Home lens. Given the number of lenses and such that are available from 3rd parties, I doubt that this will be much of a challenge for the Ubuntu team.

Robb Shecter (robb-x) wrote :

I'm another type of user for whom this is completely unacceptable: I'm an independent contractor - a consultant - I do software development for people.

I am *constantly* pulling out my laptop and showing a client something. Frequently I'm giving a screenshare demo via an online meeting. I work people ranging from small business owners to attorneys to non-profit directors. I represent a lot of computer users out here.

It's unacceptable for the OS to display NSFW content in this way, just open to chance. Here are some good examples of innocent uses which turn up NSFW results: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/ubuntu-wont-fix-nsfw-content-in-amazon-unity-results

It's inane for Canonical to decide to add this content and then say "we don't have time to filter it, so we won't". (See above.)

I realize that I could figure out how to uninstall this "package". But rather than do that, and wonder if it re-installs during updates, or if there will be *more* unprofessional changes to the system, it would be easier for me to switch to a more professional distribution.

It looks like in this particular bidding war between the customers and the advertisers, the advertisers have won.

I really can't believe 12.10 is going to be released with this issue unsolved.

If it's not possible to filter the results then it's absolutely essential that this lens isn't enabled until the user has consciously opted-in. The point is that this isn't someone going to search Amazon, this is someone who's searching their own computer, they shouldn't expect to see results that are not safe for work (or school, or whatever) when they're not explicitly searching a domain where they should expect to find such stuff.

You simply can't expect people to know about this potential issue and disable the feature, you know full well that most people will have no idea about this, and that many will get stung by it (at work, at school, at a client's). Therefore you should absolutely not enable it before getting informed consent from the user. Just ask if people want Amazon results ("which may contain results of an adult nature") at install, or installation of the package for upgrades.

Adam Funk (a-funk) wrote :

"Ubuntu is a good OS alternative to replace Microsoft Windows since it is free, easy to use, got a strong community support etc. But, beware, you have to make sure to uninstall shopping lense in unity so that NSFW stuff that shows some nudity, porn and other explicit content won't appear on your screen"

Then the shopping lens should be switched off by default.

Joseph Lord (joseph-lordweb) wrote :

The duplicate bug is marked as fixed although I can't tell (and I tried to look) whether that version is in the released package or if it will resolve the problem (although it may disable all Amazon images for now which would be an adequate solution). It seems to have been included in the 6.8.0 version which I think has been released but I don't know for sure that means it has made it into 12.10.

Maybe someone (with a private space and a liberal government) could verify what the current new install experience is. If they can't get any bad images this bug can be marked as fixed to protect Ubuntu's reputation.

I agree very strongly with all those saying this needs fixing urgently and would be greatly reassured if people can confirm it is fixed.

Look, there are many good points here,
but there is one serious underlying issue.

It is called:
"HOME Lens" !

Unless it is changed to:
"WORLD Lens"

ALL users will interpret it as being a "Home" lens,
when it is far from being the truth as is evident...

ALL windows users open a file manager when they want local/network files,
and open an internet browser when they want outside sources instead.

It is just common sense, and the accepted norm to all PC suers.

How am I to get them to trust the use of this OS (with their children too),
when the very name of the app is a total lie too, and ANALize, etc. spits out porn ?!

I know, stick to 12.04, thats your solution, thats just wrong.

Name it "World Lens", or I see this as the last straw for many,
if not most of the otherwise faithful Ubuntu people.

I know I'll never recommend it again
if this isn't changed to Opt-In in final release !

Sorry, needed to be said.

Why is this being marked as a duplicate of 1060979?
The complaint here is that adult product content should be restricted from showing, not the likelihood reduced. I don't want to reduce the likelihood of offensive results to show up. I want NO offensive results to show. At all.
Won't FIX? As mentioned before by several, the fix is simple: remove the shopping lens.
I understand that a company needs revenue to survive. Alienating it's users is not the best way to securing it.
I think the suggestion some have given of creating a World lens that will show any internet search results is the common sense approach that should have been taken from the beginning.

I just saw the release's catch phrase on the ubuntu.com front page:
Your wish is our command.
I wish shopping lens NOT to be in my Ubuntu installs until the issue is fixed.

Marcello Nuccio (marcenuc) wrote :

I don't think this is a duplicate of bug #1060979 because it doesn't fix the accidental display of adult content.

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