Thursday, March 05, 2015

Google Scraps Plan to Ban Sexually Explicit Content

This didn't exactly affect me -- although I've been told in some parts of the world my blog is blocked as "ADULT" and I was worried I might get swept up in some ill-advised housecleaning effort -- but I do think it's a wise reversal in policy by Google.

Changes to the Blogger Porn Content Policy update

Dear Blogger User,

This week, you received an email telling you about some changes we were  
making to the Blogger Content Policy. In that email, we announced a change  
to Blogger's porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually  
explicit images or graphic nudity would be made private.

We've received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts  
longstanding blogs and the negative impact on individuals who post sexually  
explicit content to express their identities.

We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be  
maintaining our existing policies (

What this means for your blog:
Commercial porn will continue to be prohibited.
If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you  
must turn on the adult content setting  
( so a warning will  

If you don't have sexually explicit content on your blog and you're  
following the rest of the Blogger Content Policy  
(, you don't need to make any changes to  
your blog.

Thank you for your continued feedback,

The Blogger Team

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