Google backtracks on banning porn on Blogger

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Earlier this week Google decided to take a tough stance on the posting of pornographic images on its blogging portal Blogger. The tech giant said that it will no longer allow users to post porn images on blog pages, and older images would need to be removed.

But after receiving a user feedback, it seems as though Google will continue to allow porn after all.

“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’s Jessica Pelegio wrote on the Product Forum pages.

The existing policy that she is referring to, is the fact that any blog has to explicitly warn visitors that the blog pages they are attempting to access are adult in nature. This is done by means of a disclaimer, where users have to consent to viewing the content.

“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.”

The reason for backtracking on its hasty decision isn’t clear, but Google probably realised that a host of users could potentially move their blogs over to competitor Tumblr – which is naturally not good for business.

[Via Engadget, Image CC by 2.0/Alejandro Mallea]

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