This headline from Mashable would seem to tell the story:
Google backpedals on its Blogger porn ban just 3 days later.
Days after announcing that it would begin cracking down on sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform, Google has reversed its decision.
Here is the statement from the Blogger team:
This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. 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.
Bloggers whose content is consistent with this and other policies do not need to make any changes to their blogs.
Thank you for your continued feedback.
The Blogger Team
Obviously, what anyone using Blogger as a platform should be thinking “Yeah, until the next time.”
Look, I’m not going to diss Google. I love most of their products, and while over the years I’ve been a little frustrated that some of them have been removed or have lost development work (Buzz? Bookmarks? Desktop Search?), I also remember that those products — like Blogger — have been absolutely free for me to use.
Most of us who have used the Blogger platform don’t actually pay Google anything to use it, just like we don’t pay WordPress, Tumblr, MySpace, LiveJournal, Friendster, or Xanga. So while I’m disappointed that Google has become anti-porn, I understand that they make decisions based on what they think will make their brand more valuable.
That said, the fact that these are free-to-use platforms should make us remember that the owners of those platforms can change the rules at any time. This means that posting content to the online services follows the same caveats as any other computer media: create regular backups so you can protect your content, and to move it elsewhere should that be the case.
So, while we’re still ticked off at Google, let’s have some help in lightening the mood.
A curvy London Andrews always seems to settle my nerves.