Thursday, March 05, 2015

And - we're back on! (Blogger scraps it's 'no #porn T&Cs)

It's official: Google has reversed its decision to ban the sharing of  'Adult content' on Blogger:

An update on the Blogger porn content policy

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually explicit images or graphic nudity would be made private.
We’ve received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts longstanding blogs, and about the negative impact this could have on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies.

What this means for blog owners

  • Commercial porn will continue to be prohibited.
  • If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you must turn on the adult content setting so a warning will show. If a blog with adult content is brought to Google’s attention and the content warning is not active, we will turn on the warning interstitial for you. If this happens repeatedly, the blog may be removed.
  • If you don't have sexually explicit content on your blog and you're following the rest of the Blogger Content Policy, you don't need to make any changes to your blog.

This is fantastically good news, especially for those of us with blogs that share and express our sexual and fetish orientated aspects of our identities. It's also good news that Google listened to its community of users and changed its plans accordingly.

I guess even huge Corporations have to pay attention to their users, and not just the bottom-line.

Of course, there's no guarantee that they won't change their minds in the future. I'm guessing that they had pressure from somewhere to make their original 'anti-porn' change, and I'm pretty damn sure that those same parties will continue to exert the same pressures to 'persuade' them to change back. For now, libertarianism has won the upper hand, but that's not an excuse to sit back and relax. Freedom to express yourself is only a freedom as long as it is used...

But were does that leave this blog?

For now, exactly were it is. I'm happy with the Blogger service,and the freedom to edit whilst on-the-go; I'm also very happy to have established such a broad and interested readership here - and fear losing some of you were I to jump ship to elsewhere. I also like the accessibility and 'Public-ness' of the Blogger space; I could join the general drift of blogs moving over to any number of the 'gay/fetish' specific hosts, but that would then remove me from the public view entirely, and I think there is a real benefit in being open and visible to everyone, so everyone has a chance to learn a little about our scene (within suitably 'adult' safe-guards of course). Tucking myself away in one of the 'fetish ghettos' might make me safer, but it won't help to educate the interested but not yet involved...

That said, I'm still exploring the possibility of updating our Panskin site, and that includes the possibility of moving some/all of the blog to there, but that won't be for a while - and I'll give you plenty notice if that's what I decide to do in the end.

Meantime - thanks to Google for doing the right thing and sticking with us.

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