Popular virtual world “Second Life” is well known for its unending adult-oriented content, but now that the service is growing Linden Labs is addressing some concerns individuals may have regarding filters and keeping the kids “safe.”
“Second Life’s” updated search tools aren’t working completely as intended right now. As Massively points out, “A PG search result can’t be returned if you’ve got Mature selected, nor can a Mature search result be returned for PG. And you can’t get either, if you’ve got Adult checked.” At its worse, this is annoying.
A little more cause for concern are words with dual meanings that can link the kiddies to some naughty…whatever. Linden Labs admits filtering is never 100% clean, but they’re doing their very best. Admirable, but this looks like a chink in their armor that some conservative group could potentially attack. In the words of Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
The company adds, “We expect to get a number of Abuse Reports, and we’ll talk to people, we’ll be inworld, we’ll be looking and listening, and there will be incentives for people to follow the rules, which we think people will do,” meaning they will do what they can but you’re help is needed.
I could end this making some snide joke about “Second Life” and virtual dangly parts, but I’ll take a break for now. Tune in next time.
Posted by Kyle Stallock
May 5th, 2009