back to article Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

Google has let it be known that as of 23 March, access to raunchy and pornographic blogs hosted on Blogger will be restricted. As of that date "... you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity", Google said. All data will be retained, but come 23 March any Blogger …

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Eye of the beholder

> Nudity will still be permitted on public blogs “if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”

So someone in the employ of Google will be tasked with perusing great sheafs of nudie pics, and carefully considering the pros and cons before passing judgement? How does one go about getting that job?

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Devil

Re: Eye of the beholder

I'm already doing it, as a volunteer.

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The job is rated at £125 a week

Not a lot but it's all I can afford to pay.

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Anonymous Coward

Damn

How will I be able to find porn now?

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So the warning, "You're about to access adult content... you sure?" ... is no longer good enough apparently. They specifically want to make you have an account, so that they know what you're subscribed to! Ha! Damn good job I'm off their shitty service then, isn't it!

And this is the company that runs so much of the internet? I wonder how many porn advertising dollars will flee ... come to think of it, I wonder how many porn advertising dollars they had in the first place?

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That's the only explanation that makes sense. It's another scheme to force people into Google's utter failure of a social media empire.

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"can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with"

No, as private blogs can only be accessed if the owner explicitly shared it with you. So you'll have to email the owner, and request an invite.

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re: porn advertising dollars

Google banned porn from adwords a while ago... so, no lost revenue there? This was a bad decision and runs counter to Google's usual stance on free speech, but it probably won't have a revenue impact.

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Hide this breast that I dare not see.

I feared for a moment that racist, xenophobic, antisemitic, misogynist, homophobic or religiously zealotic blogs could also be restricted.

Pictures of a nude breast or of a penis are well known to pose much bigger threats to Society, thanks Google to take care of our sexual morality!

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Re: Hide this breast that I dare not see.

In America it is the Satanic "nipple" (female) that brings all to a halt. Observe how it was a nipple-slip that imploded an entire Super Bowl half-time extravaganza; videos and breathless reports of which reverberated from shore to shining shore long afterwards.

An acquaintance who is a literary sort maintains a personal blog on Google's service. Last evening she received a stern missive warning that her site was deemed proscribed under the new policy. She has no graphics, no videos: only text stories of an adult nature.

No actual human corporate entity perused her literary works; rather, it was the Google-bot that detected her "Warning--Adult Content" label on her welcome page to warn that kidlets and fundamentalist zealots might find content inappropriate for their undeveloped minds.

Ah, Google! Thou Champion of the Unchallenged Mind!

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Eh

Screw 'em.

My (ancient and basically dormant) blogger account was once cleansed before (after the bastards linked the damn thing to my Unitron Google Connect All account, without warning me).

So now I went in and removed everything. They can have their "clean" bloggy thingy, I wish them well with it.

Goodbye and good riddance.

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Porn Blogs

Does this mean all the porn blogs will now have questionnaires at the bottom of the page where you can answer questions about how the content made you feel.

Of course all this data is going to be recorded for the paper being written on the short term effects of internet porn. Is that scientific research?

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So how soon

until a blog appears listing the please accept me page of all the porn blogs

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Big deal

Not as if we're talking about tumblr

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Re: Big deal

The fundies will focus on Tumblr soon enough I'm afraid.

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Anonymous Coward

Any idea why?

At least in my corner of the woods porn is perfectly legal and socially accepted, as well as providing a non-negligible number of jobs. Why would you restrict access to it?

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The title of this article is misleading. Google is censoring far more than just pornography. British Naturism is receiving reports of naturist blogs being told to shut down. (Going private defeats the object). It is another example of USA big business imposing their prudery on the UK. Freedom of speech is worthless if the means of expression is denied.

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Trollface

Yeah, good job they could spare us a bit of their prudery, we've so little to go around in Britain. <rolleyes>

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Ayup ... or down south in OZ ... there, yer words can get yer bum behind bars!

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