Starting next month, Google has announced that it will ban sexually explicit content from Blogger, a decision which may cause countless X-rated accounts to cease to exist. This new rule applies not only to sexually explicit content, posts, but also to nude photographs or videos of an adult nature. After the 23rd of March, all account owners will have to comply with these new Google regulations and will be asked to remove any content they have posted in the past but violates the new rule.
Emails were already sent to Blogger account owners to inform them of these changes.
Granted, the blogs which aren’t in line with Google’s new adult content policies will not be deleted, however, their content will be made private. Such private blogs are only visible to the administrator himself and those users who the blog owner has decided to share the blog with. In the case of new blogs, however, created after the 23rd of March, the tech giant has explained that they will be immediately deleted.
According to the tech giant’s support page, there is still public benefit from nudity and such content may still be allowed:
“We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”
Yet the jury and judge on that matter will be Google and Google alone, so don’t expect that many exceptions and allowances will be made.
According to Google’s current adult content policies, blogs bay use mature content and images depicting nudity and sexual activities as long as the blogs are marked “adult”.
For those Blogger users who are unhappy with Google’s policy changes, there is the alternative of exporting the blogs as .xml files and switching platforms: both Tumblr and WordPress have better policies when it comes to explicit posts.
In the meantime, Jason Scott with Internet Archive has decided to begin backing up accounts, however, this is a difficult endeavor since the blog will already be gone once Google has made it private.
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