Google To Ban Adult Content From Websites Hosted On Blogger

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Google will from March 23, 2015 ban adult content from websites hosted on Blogger, the company has announced. This is coming on the heels of recent updates of Google’s regulations governing the use of media on its blogging service.

According to a post posted on the company’s support page dedicated for Blogger, starting from March 23, 2015, users will no longer be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on its Blogger platform.

Also confirming the development, Global News reports that the company has sent out emails to users informing them of the change in policy.

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A statement on Google’s website reads:

“Starting March 23, 2015, you won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.”

However, Google explained that nude content and videos will still be allowed if it is in the interest of the public; siting example of educational, artistic, documentary or scientific contexts.

“We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”

Google explained in the same post that Bloggers who do not have explicit content on their blogs won’t notice any change; but not so lucky for those who have such on their blogs as the company announced that it will be made private, but not deleted. It means the owner of such blog would not be able to have the public view such videos or content as they will become private from March 23, 2015.

“If your existing blog doesn’t have any sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video on it, you won’t notice any changes.

“If your existing blog does have sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video, your blog will be made private after March 23, 2015. No content will be deleted, but private content can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with.”

The interpretation of what violates its policy as regards nudity remains with Google, and which means Bloggers should not expect too many allowances to be given by the company.

No information as to what prompted Google’s decision was made by the company or any of its representatives. Google had in 2013, came down hard on sites hosted on its Blogger platform for monetizing adult content.


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