Just three days ago, Google announced its banning of all adult content images on the Blogger website. Now, after being bombarded with mail from porn fans, Google stated that they plan to alter the rules and regulations instead.
“This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
Rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn. Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as ‘adult’ so that they can be placed behind an ‘adult content’ warning page.
Bloggers whose content is consistent with this and other policies do not need to make any changes to their blogs.”
Before the ban occurred, Blogger was the go-to site for pornographic and erotic blogging. Well-known bloggers like Zoe Margolis of Girl With a one Track Mind got their names on Blogger. Now, according to Goggle’s newest update, blogs such a Zoe’s will no longer be visible by the public. While Google states that they will not delete any content, they will set pages to private if any nudity or sexually explicit language is detected, according to PC Magazine.
Zoe Margolis recently wrote an article in the Guardian, in which she expresses the disappointment she feels for Google’s decision.
“By forcing blogs – any blogs, regardless of their content – to become private, it means the link to that blog will no longer work: people clicking through without a password would arrive on a non-existent page. Thousands of other bloggers and websites may have shared that blog’s link over some years, and as a result of this policy change, that link would effectively be dead. In essence, what this means is that a long-standing, interactive, supportive community will be killed off overnight.”
Google’s new rules do not completely get rid of nudity on Blogger. The company will allow nudity on Blogger but only “if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary or scientific contexts.”
The tech world has been quick to consider Google’s change for Blogger a bit controlling, as websites like Tumblr and Wordpress do not have such restrictions for their users. Google does not feel that their efforts are controlling because they have not censored anything or anyone.
“Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.”
Under Google’s new rules, Blogger users have until March 23 to remove any nudity or sexually explicit content from their pages.
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