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Porn Invades The Blogosphere, Google Defends

Sep 10, 13 Porn Invades The Blogosphere, Google Defends

Adult-themed blogger sites may soon be in for some trouble with the platform’s owner, Google.

I’ll assume most of you know what a blog is SINCE YOU’RE READING ONE NOW, but here’s how Google defines it: “A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.”

They continue, “Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.”

That’s precisely where they messed up. The “no real rules” part has been taken pretty seriously by many adult-themed bloggers promoting their, you guessed it, adult-themed websites.

Google wasn’t saying their Blogger platform had no rules, though. They were only suggesting that there are no real rules to blogging; which is pretty true.

The problem is, Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, has recently been utilized by some porn profiteers, and Google’s not so pleased about it.

According to CNET, “Blogger Violet Blue on Thursday tweeted a notice Google sent out to bloggers warning them that as of June 30, the search giant will be updating the Blogger Content Policy to “strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger.

According to Google, there are some Blogger pages that are adult-themed in nature and have ads promoting adult Web sites. After the policy change takes effect, the company will take down any blogs that are still promoting those sites.”

“If your adult blog currently has advertisements which are adult in nature,” Google wrote to adult-themed Blogger writers, “you should remove them as soon as possible to avoid any potential Terms of Service violation and/or content removals.”

Google’s kind of like the Zeus of the Internet, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, when they threaten something, they follow through. Although I can’t seem to find any backlash from the adult-themed bloggers in question, I’m guessing they probably just found somewhere else to push their products and services.

“Google’s current terms of service on Blogger allow for the posting of adult content, but asks that users not make any money off that. It appears now that Google is modifying that item to make clear it will no longer allow monetization on adult content on the platform.”

As if there weren’t enough porn sites on the web already! According to Forbes, “In 2010, out of the million most popular (most trafficked) websites in the world, 42,337 were sex-related sites. That’s about 4% of sites.”

While that may seem underwhelming, do the math at scale, and that’s tons of adult sites. With all the money that adult industries rake in, I wonder why they’d cheap out on the website, and go for a free blogging service.

Either way, Google’s had enough, and the iron fist of the interwebz comes crashing down on those making money off of adult content on their platform.

The gray area remains, though: what about those offering free adult content?

We’ll see soon enough.

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