Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Google Bans Porn!



Today I casually went on to blogger to see how things are going over here. I was greeted with a message from Google saying that from the 23rd March they are no longer allowing sexually explicit content on any blog. If any existing blog has this sort of content they will be made private so only admins can see content and any blog made after that date with such content will be deleted.

Not that this effects me or any of my blogs whatsoever. But it does come as a shock to me. Honestly, what is Google trying to pull with this? I can't imagine many people being happy about this move. I can maybe understand bringing in new efforts to alert people of 18+ blogs. But straight out banning porn is silly.

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

Surely porn in general covers "substantial public benefit".  Oh well. Though how will this be policed? This stinks of YouTube's flag system here. Where blogs might get deleted because someone has reported content that doesn't actually break the rules but since the system doesn't properly check and because Google's customer service in these cases is plain awful, blogs get deleted for no reason.