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Google won't ban adult content on Blogger after all

Matt Brian, @m4tt
02.27.15
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Well that was fast. Google only declared that it would begin cracking down on adult content posted to Blogger a few days ago, but it's already decided it was a bit hasty in its decision. After coming under fire over the introduction of a retroactive change that would ban sexually explicit images and video and also required owners to delete older content, the search giant has told users that it will crack down harder on the publishing of commercial porn instead.

"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," says Jessica Pelegio, Social Product Support Manager at Google. "Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as "adult" so that they can be placed behind an 'adult content' warning page."

So there you have it. Maybe Google realised it would see a mass exodus of users jumping over to Tumblr or it just couldn't ignore the negative responses coming its way. Either way, adult content still has a home on Blogger, as long as it's your own or you have permission to post it.

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