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Google Reverses Ban on Explicit Material on Blogger


Just days after taking a tougher stance against sexually explicit material on its blogging platform, Google now says it won’t ban bloggers over sexually explicit material in most cases. Google never gave a clear reason why it suddenly decided to remove explicit material from Blogger. Other tech companies like Yahoo's Tumblr have tried to set stricter boundaries, too. Google said its reversal came in response to feedback from bloggers who were concerned about their freedom of expression.

Earlier this week, Google gave bloggers a month to remove explicit images and videos that didn’t fall under an umbrella of artistic, scientific or education content. It said that some blogs would be automatically set to private or shut down completely if the owners didn’t comply with the change. Google is now changing course, focusing instead on stopping the distribution of commercial porn.

In an update posted to the Blogger community forums, an employee said:

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. 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.

Google still wants bloggers to mark any explicit material as “adult” so that people who don’t want to see such content can avoid it. (Source: WSJ, 02.27.2015)






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Dear "another country",
We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content Policy that may affect your account.
In the coming weeks, 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.
The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy.
Sincerely,
The Blogger Team
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The Box Tops - The Letter

Written by Wayne Carson Thompson and made famous by
The Box Tops in 1967 on the album of the same name.


LYRICS

Gimmie a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain't got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone, I'm a goin' home
My baby just wrote me a letter

I don't get care how much money I gotta spend
Got to get back to my baby again
Lonely days are gone, I'm a goin' home
My baby just wrote me a letter

Well, she wrote me a letter said she couldn't live without me no mo'
Listen Mister, can't you see I got to get back to my baby once mo'
Anyway, yeah

My baby just wrote me a letter
My baby just wrote me a letter