We didn't see this coming: Google Image Search is no longer showing sexually explicit images for many popular queries. What the hell is going on?

Searching for "tits" brings up a grid of busty women in tank tops, mostly. Before now, you would have seen actual skin. As far as we can tell, SafeSearch is now locked on. You can enable "Filter explicit results" from the SafeSearch button, but that eliminates all results entirely for something like "tits" or "pussy." More explicit text searches—"titfuck" or "anal penetration"—stil yields porny results. But the usual standbys? Scrubbed clean. A Bing search for the same words gives up a world of raunch.

We've reached out to Google for an explanation of the sanitised results.

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