Vestal School Google Search Directs Users to Sex Site
Some folks doing a Google search for "Vestal High School" wound up being directed to a website featuring sexually-explicit images.
The Vestal School District posted a notice on its website indicating administrators were aware of "an issue" with the popular search service that was "directing users to an inappropriate website."
The district's message said the matter "has been addressed with Google and the incorrect link should be disabled shortly." The message did not indicate when officials became aware of the problem.
Users conducting Google searches for the high school on mobile devices early Tuesday afternoon were still being directed to the "inappropriate website."
In a statement, the school district said its information technology department made "countless attempts" to have Google correct the issue.
The district said Google had confirmed with Broome-Tioga BOCES that the problem would be fixed by 4 p.m. Monday. When the issue had not been rectified, Google was contacted again on Tuesday morning.
The statement said the district has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau about Google's "inability to rectify such an offensive and unacceptable search result."
This story has been updated to include additional information provided by the Vestal School District.
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