Relax. Google hasn't blocked all the most explicit results from its search tool — it's just made those raunchy photos a little more difficult to find. The Internet freaked out a little over the course of Wednesday when Google users thought the company had started censoring queries for NSFW content — this, obviously, after they discovered searches for "boobs" and "penis" no longer surface the same (very naked) body parts that come up using the same queries on Bing. The Google SafeSearch options also seem to have changed: they no longer include an overt "off" option, as you can see to the right. Censorship!

However: Google has since clarified that it hasn't eliminated the true results for "boobs" and "penis" (and with it boobs and penis). "We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for -- but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them," a Google spokesperson told CNET's Casey Newton. You can still find porn. It just requires a more specific raunchy search like "boob porn." Though, as we discovered, a search like that will first show the following warning page before heading to the actual results. 

The purpose of this algorithm change, says Google, is to protect those who don't want to see pornography but also happen to put "boobs" into the image search box. We're not sure how many people who do that would actually find a result full of naked images all that shocking — it's exactly what they're searching for — but maybe there are some more obscure examples, and this is pretty useful after all.