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Amazon Caught Linking Porn Titles in Kids Search

Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer Jeff Bezos holds a Kindle Fire HD

It was a usual Sunday at my house, chilling with my kids who were talking about all the things they care deeply about. But then Amazon ruined my day. My daughters' recent obsession is guinea pig accessories. They've decided they want those plastic balls their pets can roll around in. I fired up Amazon (with my kids standing nearby) and typed "guinea pig ball" in the search box, not noticing I hadn't change the search from "books" to "all." Here's what came up.

Luckily, the kids were standing on the other side of my computer screen, but usually, they're sitting with me when I look stuff up on Amazon. What is this, Jeff Bezos? Who thought it was funny to connect things like guinea pig accessories to this disgusting twaddle masquerading as humor? I hope this was an oversight that will be quickly corrected, but it brings up a serious problem at Amazon that is ongoing.

The Kindle Fire is a good, inexpensive tablet to get for your kids. We have had them for years. But in order for them to be "safe," you must turn off the Internet capability on the device because Amazon does not have a "safe search" for the Internet app. There is no way to turn a filter on for kids. Even Google has that. What's wrong with Amazon that they can't fix this gaping hole in their technology? Parents do not want to hand devices to their kids with no safeguards on them. Amazon claims that because they have a kids setting on the Fire tablet they do have a safe setting, but it isn't connected to the Internet. There is no way to filter their Internet to keep the sick stuff away from kids.

Now we have Amazon connecting guinea pig accessories to this garbage? I'll never let my kids search Amazon again. They're going to hate that. Bad form, Bezos! This shouldn't happen. Amazon has replaced the Sears catalog for kids' wishlists. This is unacceptable. Adults do a lot of ridiculous things and satire is obviously protected under the First Amendment, but could you at least try to keep these books from coming up under topics kids would search for? Can you label them "adult"? Can you give us a safe search where adult products won't come up? Recommended titles that came up underneath Would You Like to Play with My Ass? were The Big Black Cock, No One Likes a Cock Block and more.

If these books are really not targeted at children, then shouldn't they be separated from kid stuff? What do these titles have to do with guinea pig accessories?

I tested this with four different people under four different logins and all of us got Would You Like to Play with My Ass? as the first result except one person who saw it on the second page of results. PJM reached out to Amazon for comment but received no reply.