Google Suddenly Realizes That Maybe It Doesn't Need To Ban Adult Content On Blogger

from the oh-look,-we-have-policies dept

Earlier this week, we wrote about a really dumb move by Google to effectively kick out all of the bloggers who use its blogger platform to post “adult” content — either text or images. Google gave such bloggers just 30 days to find a new home before it would make all their blogs private. It insisted that, going forward, the content police at Google would determine what photographs were “artistic” and allowed, and which were “dirty” and not allowed. As we noted, this move seemed particularly tone deaf and problematic, and could lead to other problems for Google. And a lot of other people agreed.

And… just like that, Google appears to have reversed course. Over in its product forums, someone from the Blogger Team announced that they had realized they already had policies they could enforce and didn’t need to implement these new rules:

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.

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.

Thank you for your continued feedback.

So, kudos to Google for at least hearing the feedback and rolling back the change — though it’s still unfortunate that it even had to come to that in the first place. It seems likely that many of those bloggers may go looking for alternate hosting anyway.

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Anonymous Coward says:

It would have been hilarious if they hadn’t backpedaled.
Imagine what the future books would be about.
“Google’s Downfall Due To Adult Content Removal”

All the adults would have taken their pr0nz elsewhere.

Kind of like the people who say children shouldn’t use adult language, then when the child is an adult, the language is called juvenile.

Uriel-238 (profile) says:

Re: Feminists?

Not the feminists with whom I hang out.

Sure, old school (circa ’70s women’s libber) feminists did object to porn on the grounds that it might cause guys to objectify women, but that was a moral panic. Currently the issue is that porn stars and porn sex is too homogenous, which is being changed in some markets. More reasonable feminists may object to specific issues about porn, but are okay with the concept of depicting sexuality on media and are often consumers of porn, themselves.

And granted, some extremists versions of feminism (mind you there’s a wide gamut) may hate porn just because. But the conservative religious sector has been raging against porn (and all things prurient or regarding human sexuality) for far longer with greater numbers behind them.

So…not really.

Anonymous Coward says:

…. So because it’s only targeting people trying to make money off of erotic material… it’s now okay?

No.

No it is not.

Is it against policies to commercialize violent games, movies, stories, pictures and so on as well?

I somehow doubt it (not that it would make it acceptable to me to ban such things anyway).

Sexuality is not something to be repressed, stashed away and made taboo, nor should people helping others embrace theirs be punished or discriminated against.

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