That’s their motto, n’est-ce pas? Do no evil.
So it came somewhat of a surprise 1 when Google recently announced they were going to ban all adult content on Blogger, not just the pay-for-play ilk. After all, wasn’t Blogger originally touted as the platform supporting Free Speech?
The world was aghast at the news; it wailed and wept. It gnashed its teeth. Even Kansas City’s Most Sued Blogger, in an effort to reassure his trolls, posted a hilarious (if barely legible) post explaining his pitiful daily fare was trash, thank you very much, not pornography, and as such his blog would not in the least be effected.
Surely the world was ending.
However…on the Q.T., Google quietly did an about-face:
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.
it’s enough to make one wonder if Google is dabbling in subliminal messaging…