In a surprising set of circumstances, Google has performed yet another about turn and have decided not to censor adult content on their Blogger platform.
In a rare victory for common sense, Google took the reams of negative feedback on-board, realizing that their censorship would not only wipe out blogs and websites with over a decade of history and networking, but that incomes and livelihoods were likely to suffer too.
The announcement was made on Google’s product forums. Part of the statement read:
“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.
“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.”
The ban on adult content was due to be implemented from March 23rd 2015.