Google to ban sexually explicit content and nudity on Blogger

Blogs that contains images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on the Blogger platform will have until the end of next month before being forced offline by Google.

In a new policy, Google warns existing bloggers with sexual content or nudity that they will have to either remove the content, set their blog to private and only viewable by the owner, or just leave. But, Google said it will allow nudity if the content offers a "substantial public benefit", which includes nudity in "artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts".

The move appears to be Google's attempt to clean up the blogs that are hosted on its blogging platform, but in the process will also censor content, which goes against what Google believes is the core part of the service. In its content policy for Blogger, Google says "It is our belief that censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression."

Blogs will have until March 23rd to meet the new policy.

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