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Google’s Blogger to ban explicit content & nudity starting March 23

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Google’s blogging platform Blogger has finally decided to take a stand against sexually explicit content and/or graphic nudity. The company has mentioned that starting March 23, 2015 users will not be able to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity” on the blogging platform. However, nudity will be allowed “if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”

Existing blogs with such explicit content will be made private after March 23, and will be visible only to the owner, blog admins and users with whom the blog has been shared. No content will be deleted. Users have the option of removing such content before the given date and retain the public status of their blog(s). Blogs that are created after March 23 will have to follow the new content policy or Google “may remove the blog or take other action”.

Till now Google only banned content related to child pornography, pedophilia, hate speeches, and content infringing copyrights among others.

It’s worth noting that Google’s change in content policy coincides with Reddit changing its privacy policy to ban images and videos depicting  nudity or sexual activity in case it’s posted without consent.

 

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Readers will remember that last year, Twitter’s six-seconds video app Vine had banned sexually explicit videos shared by its users. This was a year after it had taken steps to ban searches for explicit content and even removed certain users posting such stuff.

Google had acquired Blogger from Pyra Labs in 2003. It used to be the default blogging platform till WordPress, which was also launched in 2003, grew in prominence.

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