Google Backs Down, Won’t Ban Adult Images on Blogger

Google Backs Down, Won't Ban Adult Images on Blogger Censorship Google Web Publishing Well that was fast. It was only 3 days ago that Google announced that they were going to ban adult images from its blogging platform, and now the ad network has reversed the policy:

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.

I think Google just got a lesson in the difference between what is legal and what is socially acceptable.

Google might have every right to ban certain types of content, but the community which has grown on Blogger over the past 10 years opposed the idea, and there was enough opposition that they forced Google to reconsider.

TBH, I'm surprised that was effective. Google often resembles a faceless monolith, and on the occasion that you discover there's a real person behind the white wall it comes as a shock.

image by Mike Licht

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Paul27 February, 2015

    I wonder too whether they suddenly remember what major business drives a lot of traffic on the internet? And its not videos of llamas on the lam in Arzonia…..

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder27 February, 2015

      Kittens. The internet runs on kittens.

      Reply
  2. puzzled27 February, 2015

    This is good news! People were already starting to hoard porn, in anticipation of the Great Porn Shortage of 2015.

    Reply

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