Google is now in the process of setting up newer and stricter norms to clean up explicit content on their blogging platform Blogger. The company’s ban on adult content on Blogger will take effect from 23 March.
These blogs will, however, remain visible to blog owners and admins. In addition, users with whom the blog is shared will also be able to view the content.
Blogger, which was launched in 1999 and was later acquired by Google in 2003, announced the change in an update to its Adult content policy. The report adds that, they would allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.
Google also suggests to mark a blog as private, or remove sexually explicit, graphic nude images or video for those who have created the blog before 23 March. According to a report by CNet, Google’s move marks an important shift for the company, which has argued that the content on Blogger, including images and video depicting sexual activity, represents “freedom of expression.”
Instead of removing all content, Google has presented blogs with the tag “adult” if there is any sexually explicit content anywhere in posts. An earlier report from today points out that companies like Google and Reddit are also taking steps to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.
Social media sites have varying policies on nudity. Facebook prohibits images containing nudity altogether. Twitter doesn’t mediate legal content but recommends that content with nudity or violence be marked as sensitive. It also lets users flag questionable content for review.