Google withdraws ban on 'explicit' adult content on Blogger

After backlash from users, Google was compelled to change its decision to ban explicit content on Blogger.

Published Date
27 - Feb - 2015
| Last Updated
27 - Feb - 2015
 
Google withdraws ban on 'explicit' adult content on Blogger

Google has retracted its latest policy on posting sexually explicit content on Blogger after hue and cry from old users of the blogging platform.

“This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy,” says Jessica Pelegio, social product support manager at Google, in a post in a product forum. “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.”

Now, bloggers will need to mark explicit content as “adult”, which will display an “adult content” warning page.

Earlier, Google revised its policies on Blogger, banned explicit content starting March 23rd – a move that received strong criticism.

Google sent out emails to Bloggers with an "adult content warning" page to delete sexually explicit content, or theirs blogs will be removed from every form of access except registered users. Websites which currently host objectionable content will be required to either remove it or set the blog to private.”

“We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts."