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FYI: Blogger goes SFW

Freya Mokusei

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Google's Blogger service seems to be following most other social platforms in removing/delisting Adult Content from its platform:-

"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 where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content."

Source: https://support.google.com/blogger?p=policy_update

More info: http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-bans-explicit-adult-content-from-blogger-blogs/

This is likely to affect SL-based LGBT+ groups and diaries, product reviewers, photographers,  grid-explorers and probably businesses.

Changes will go into effect 23rd March 2015 - any blogs still showing A/C will be set to invisible/private. This seems to be a self-propelled decision by Google, and not based on new legislation or external demands.

They clarify that no content will be deleted, only removed from public view entirely (until now, an 'I understand and wish to continue' page was presented before public could view these blogs). My understanding is that affected blog-owners have been (and are being) sent information on these changes.

I realise this isn't an SL issue, but there's plenty of people (on forum and in-world) who use this service for blogging about Adult Content. SL commerce is supported by plenty of these external services. Main purpose for posting is awareness for affected people/services, but erasure of A/C from view is worrying also - esp. when Google project the image of standing up for freedom of expression online.

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Jenni Darkwatch wrote:

Just curious: Why would that affect GLBT+ ? IMO such pages tend to be mostly support/experience blogs and not usually explicit in any way?

It wasn't my determination - it was mentioned in the zdnet article I linked to.

My understanding is that it's evidenced in the past, as algorithms for profiling content aren't 100% accurate (there's been many examples of accidental blocks and bans). Additionally your definition of 'explicit' is likely to differ from Google's.

It's also worth noting that Adult Content is often considered a canary for wider ranging content restrictions.

ETA more sources.

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Bree Giffen wrote:

Google decides not to remove adult content. See Freya's google link.

Quick reversal! Score!

"Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies."

"If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you must turn on the adult content setting so a warning will show."

Thanks for the update, Bree.

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