Blog Services – Google has made it clear on Tuesday, that as from March 23,it would ban all sexually explicit material/content or “graphic nudity” on its Blogger platform.
According to an update to its policies, Google said it would still allow nudity “if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”
The update said that users with sexually explicit material may remain on the platform as a “private” blog that can only be viewed by the administrator and persons with whom the link is shared.
The policy also said that users will also be able to move the blog to another platform if they don’t want to remain with Google.
Google’s policy had earlier banned certain illegal activities including child pornography or pedophilia. The update by Google comes a year after Twitter-owned Vine made a similar change to ban explicit video clips.
This Google’s new policy brought out complaints over Twitter, with some calling it censorship.
Below are some of the complain made by various Bloggers:
- Violet Blue, who pens the human sexuality blog tinynibbles.com, tweeted, “Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.”
- Another blogger, Carin McLeoud, said, “google’s email about adult content on blogger treats adult content as though it harms people and nothing comes from it.”
- Twitter user Matt Adlard wrote, “Has #Google gone too far with its self styled #censorship on peoples Blogs?? Are we not adults to decide our own fate and what we watch??