UPDATED: Google Backpedals; Won’t Censor Blogger Porn

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UPDATE (2/27/2015 10:30ET): Google has backpedaled due to “a ton of feedback” and has reversed their decision to censor blogs that displayed sexually explicit or graphic nude images and video.

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.

ORIGINAL STORY

Google has sent out the word to users of its Blogger platform that it will begin making Blogger porn sites and those with sexually explicit or graphic nude images private, preventing them from showing up in public search. Google will not be deleting the Blogger sites but this will severely affect sites who fall into the porn category by reducing the amount of traffic they can grab from public Google searches.

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.

Google will allow nudity on Blogger sites and leave them in public search if the nudity, “offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts”. This is a bold move by Google in censoring its search results and could bring about some vocal opposition. What do you think about Google’s new Blogger policy concerning sexually explicit material on Blogger? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: BBC   Source: Google
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