Saturday, February 28, 2015

Google Reverses Ban on Explicit Material on Blogger


Just days after taking a tougher stance against sexually explicit material on its blogging platform, Google now says it won’t ban bloggers over sexually explicit material in most cases. Google never gave a clear reason why it suddenly decided to remove explicit material from Blogger. Other tech companies like Yahoo's Tumblr have tried to set stricter boundaries, too. Google said its reversal came in response to feedback from bloggers who were concerned about their freedom of expression.

Earlier this week, Google gave bloggers a month to remove explicit images and videos that didn’t fall under an umbrella of artistic, scientific or education content. It said that some blogs would be automatically set to private or shut down completely if the owners didn’t comply with the change. Google is now changing course, focusing instead on stopping the distribution of commercial porn.

In an update posted to the Blogger community forums, an employee said:

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. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.

Google still wants bloggers to mark any explicit material as “adult” so that people who don’t want to see such content can avoid it. (Source: WSJ, 02.27.2015)

6 comments:

AOM said...

Happy News! I can return home and still be me. This certainly was a very strange set of events. Why they wanted to jump in the dog poo of deciding what is or is not porn - In my grandmother's day, showing your ankles was considered by some to be porn. LOL Man oh man. Well, I'm glad they came to their senses or their cents. I'll be moving back to my original AOM come Monday. I wish you a wonderful weekend. Cheers, AOM

JiEL said...

OMG!
WHAT A GOOD NEWS...

Mon Dieu...

QUELLE BONNE NOUVELLE...

Gaillardin said...

Bonne nouvelle !!

Silvano said...

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another country said...

De bonnes nouvelles apparemment, mais tant que je n'ai pas reçu de confirmation de Blogger, je reste sur mes gardes (suisses) ! A suivre... Nous serons fixés le 23 mars.

N a m o r a d o said...

Vamos lá ver o que isto vai dar!