When Scribd was not blocked, we got a lot of users asking for it to be blocked as it does contain inappropriate content. And now that it is blocked, we get some users asking us to unblock it. This is a catch 22 situation and while Scribd's Term of Service do state that users are not allowed to post pornographic material, inappropriate content is present that contains: Nudity & Sexual Content.
We understand that Scribd is mostly used for good purposes but are stuck in this situation since the inappropriate content is easily searchable so therefore can't change our position and must keep Scribd blocked.
If you feel that Scribd is safe for you, then download the Scribd App which is available in the Google Play Store
Regarding filtering; I will share with you how it works “under the hood:”
We enforce Safe Search for Google, Bing & Yahoo. This is the first level of filtering that is operated by Google, Yahoo & Bing themselves. They do a great job of removing pornography from image searches but still allows some racy images such as lingerie and bikinis. If you ever see anything inappropriate in a Google, Bing or Yahoo image search, report it to us and we’ll report it to them. We do block other search engines under a custom category called “Unsafe Search Engines” – Ex: AOL is unfortunately blocked since they do not have a mechanism that allows their safe search to be permanently turned on.
Then we have our own database of millions of sites that contain inappropriate material and these are blocked by us quickly – we have robots that find and categorize thousands of new sites daily.
Then, we have our own “Prone to Bad Content” category which blocks sites that are normally good but have unfiltered access to pornography, like Twitter, Tumblr, Imgur, Reddit, Pinterest and obviously, Scribd.
Finally, robots make mistakes with their algorithms so we have a fast response to customers and edit categories and block sites manually.
Here's our story:
Background: We originally created SPIN as a companion app to provide kids with a healthy and mindful internet experience and were very pleased when adults and entire families started using it – in the words of one customer: “Everyone needs a PG-13 internet!” Today, SPIN can be controlled by our Boomerang Parental Control and Parental Board products and if you have kids between the ages of 3 and 15, then Boomerang is a must as it helps raise great digital citizens that are not addicted to their devices – check out Boomerang on the Google Play Store.
Based on the tremendous amount of interest from adults, we started a dedicated project, “Manage SPIN” which adds to the value proposition in a similar way that Boomerang does but removes the child centric features and child centric terminology:
- Lock in SPIN Safe Browser and/or Google Chrome
- Blocks All Other Browsers Automatically
- Edit Categories & Customize Experience
- Add Your Own Custom Sites to Block
- Add Your Own Apps to be Blocked
- Daily App Limit: For Well-Being
- Accountability Options to Prevent Removal