Google Will Soon Remove Blogs With Adult Content From Its Blogger Platform
Google has formed new anti-adult content policy, according to which, it will soon disappear all blogs on its Blogger platform that violate its updated policy.
The existing Blogger users have been told Monday to remove the adult content from their blogs. However, the blog owner will be entitled to permit individual browsers to access his blog. But the blogs which will be created after March 23 and found with adult content will be summarily deleted.
The policy shift is a massive reiterate from the Google policy holders. Previously, the blog owners on were allowed to post “images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity,” and Google never considered a change in its policy because it believed that “Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.”
But now, Google has left users with only two options: they can either self-sensor or they will be fired from its blogging world.
Google notified Blogger users:
In the coming weeks, we’ll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We’ll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or presented where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content. The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we’ve made private.
The question is: what really compelled Google to change its position on freedom of expression? Apparently, there wasn’t any campaign going on against the tech giant. However, the front reality is that Google had had zero benefits in publicizing of adult content through its platform. Because it does not put its ads on the blogs which contain adult content. So it decided to prevent itself from a publishing hanky-panky.
Although the adult content has been referred by freedom of choice and freedom of speech advocates, most of the vintage players of Internet world voluntarily ban sexual content. Facebook, Apple Tumblr and, now, Google can be cited as examples.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.