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BREAKING NEWS: Google Says No More Porn On Blogger

By February 24, 2015 No Comments

Google rocks.

This past summer when Google announced that it would no longer allow its powerful Google Ad-Words program to be used for any links to porn sites or contain any sexually explicit language, it was a big deal. It was an unprecedented move by the company that seemingly owns the internet and was a huge step in the right direction for porn being pushed in the face of those who don’t want to view it.

Well Google just became even more awesome. The company confirmed today that its popular blogging platform, Blogger, will no longer allow its users to post sexually explicit content. Check out the email statement sent to Blogger users:

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So there you have it. Google will no longer allow blogs to feature “graphic nude images or video”, starting on March 23rd. Any blogs that continue to show explicit images will be made private and will only be visible to the blog owner, admins, and other people with whom the owner expressly shares it.

Bottom line: Google is making it so people who want to view porn still have the right to do it but it is not going to be out in the open for everyone to see.

That’s what we’re talking about.

In the updated entry on Blogger’s support page, Google explains that it will still allow nudity on Blogger blogs if the images or video offer “substantial public benefit,” such as “artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”

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If the explicit content doesn’t fall under any of those reasons, then Google encourages users to remove the images/videos or mark it as private. In the past, Blogger allowed explicit images/videos if the blog was marked as “adult”. Now all “adult” blogs will be automatically marked private and will only be viewable by those who the blog owner shares it with.

Perfect.

What makes Google so awesome is that once again it proves that it is a company that is not all about the money. Last summer when they banned porn sites from driving traffic to their pages using Google Ad Words, you better believe they knew they were taking a bit of a financial hit to a service that has been reported to make $100 million a day. But they did it anyway.

This move has its potential financial consequences as well. After this change, Blogger could lose users to competitors such as Tumblr, which has chosen to turn a blind eye to the rampant porn problem on their platform and not make any sort of restrictions on sexually explicit content. Tumblr was bought by Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013 and has become a well-known gathering place of porn images, gifs, and videos.

Not cool.

But Google chose to take the high road and continues to show that they are the king of the internet that is not going to abuse its power. We respect companies like Google who, with all their amazing success and accomplishments, don’t want “making it easier to view porn” attached to their incredible service.

You rock, Google.

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