Decision Reversed: Google Blogger Is Not Banning Adult Content
Google has been made to eat its own words. Three days earlier, Google announced to have formed new anti-adult content policy, according to which, it was to soon disappear all blogs on its Blogger platform that violated its updated policy. Today, Google is reversing its decision. The company was brought to knees by the backlash of its long time users.
What has Google to say now? Read yourself from Jessica Pelegio’s pen who is social product support manager at Google. “This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy,” reads her post. “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.”
The existing policy does not create much problems for those who want to post the adult content. They just need to mark them “adult” and rest will be done by the blogger itself; it will show an “adult content” warning page. Thus those who will be desperate for explicit content will just need to bypass the admonitory page. Which is radically different than its unimplemented updated policy.
According to that anti-adult policy, Google was going to prohibit any adult content on its blogs. The aforementioned policy was expected to be implemented on March 23. Google was to delete all the blogs, with explicit content, created after this very date. For the existing users, Google said they needed to make their blogs private where they could give access to their material by authentication process.
This decision reversed was expected to be appreciated by the folks who believe in respecting the privacy of others and who are in favor of keeping certain limits for the sphere of freedom of speech. However, the disapproval by the advocates of free speech was perhaps more powerful which prevented Google from acting on the new policy which it formed after deviating from its decade-long stance for freedom of expression.