Google’s Blogger to crackdown on porn

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According to an updated terms of services regarding content policy, Google’s blogging platform Blogger will be cracking down on users that host porn.

Blogger previously allowed porn on its platform with a handful of restrictions, including categorising content as ‘adult’ and ensuring that hosted media was created with the person’s consent. However, a recent update to its terms of service reveals a reversal in policy.

“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,” the updated content policy reads.

While blogs made prior to Blogger’s March deadline still have a chance to manage their content and set things to private, ones made after the deadline will be subject to removal in accordance with the platform’s content policy.

There is one exception though. “We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts,” Blogger noted in its adult content policy.

Meanwhile, some bloggers have criticised the move by Google’s blogging platform. “Based on the information I have available at this time, I find it disrespectful to users for Google to announce apparently with only 30 days notice that they are summarily banning most explicit materials from Blogger,” blogger Lauren Weinstein noted on her Google+ profile.

“It is utterly within their rights to do so, but the lack of longer notice (absent specific legal constraints) and a total lack of any explanation in the announcement for this change (only perfunctory operational details) are extremely disappointing. You can do much better than this, Google. I know you can,” she added.