On February 26, Google reversed its decision to ban the public display of sexually explicit images and videos on Blogger.
Google may be one of the world’s most innovative companies, but when it comes to sex, it errs on the Julie Andrews side of old-fashioned.
The tech giant has already taken strong stances against the presence of sexually explicit content on YouTube, Google Play and its ad networks.
Now it is adding its blogging service, Blogger, to that list.
Earlier this week, Google announced that starting March 23, it would no longer condone the public display of sexually explicit images or videos on Blogger.
Which gives existing bloggers less than a month to take one of three actions:
- Delete salacious images and videos from their blog;
- Set their blog as private; or
- Delete their blog altogether.
For those who fail to comply, on March 23, Google will auto-set their blogs to private, viewable only by the owner of the blog and people he or she has elected to share the blog with.
As for any new blogs created after the sex purge, Google will be even less lenient:
For any blogs created after March 23, 2015, we may remove the blog or take other action if it includes content that’s sexually explicit or shows graphic nudity as explained in our content policy.
The Bare Exception
Google does provide one caveat for those who are champions of nudity as art:
We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit. For example, in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.
Google may be old-fashioned, but Orwellian, it is not.