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Monday, February 23, 2015

Blogger Content Policy Update

I imagine I'm not the only one who received this note from Google's Blogger team:
Dear Blogger User,
We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content Policy that may affect your account.
In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.
The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we've made private.
Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won't experience any interruptions in service. You may also choose to create an archive of your content via Google Takeout (https://www.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/blogger).
For more information, please read here (https://support.google.com/blogger?p=policy_update).
Sincerely,
The Blogger Team
It looks like this blog will be taken private, unless I choose to do something else in the meantime. I always knew this day might come, but it's a little jarring to find it actually approaching, and with a real live deadline.

One thing I won't do is rail at Google/Blogger. They provide a free service that I've been happy to use, and they're free to change their terms of service however they like.

So I have exactly one month to decide what (if anything) to do....

9 comments:

  1. Export your content via the settings/other/export option in your dashboard. Then come join me over at Wordpress.Upload that XML file and you have saved your content, easy peasy :)

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  2. We got this email as well. Guess we'll look into self-hosting.

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  3. I'm confused. We all have this button before you enter the blog warning that the material can be explicit.
    I'm tempted to back everything up and just wait and see what happens. I just don't get if I'd have to go through over 700 posts to find all the pics that I posted to delete them all to keep the blog public.

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  4. Ugh. Argh. Grrr.... Why are they doing this?! Why isn't a content warning enough? I am checking in four directions for an easy answer. I will definitely share what I find. Someone must want us or would tolerate us. If you hear anything about options, let me know.

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  5. That is totally wrong!!! Free or not, they are curtailing your 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech (and assembly).

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  6. I agree with you - Google offer's a free service so you gotta go with their rules.

    I have tried (in fact I have) Wordpress, but it stopped importing for me. Maybe I'll give it another try. I just like Blogger a lot better.

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  7. +Lola, sadly, you don't have a right to use Google's printing press. You do have the right to have your own server somewhere. I also don't quite understand if this is going to apply or not: I have mostly words like Mystic Satyr, but occasionally I post a suggestive picture too.
    If I find another place that I like, I'll go there. I have no end of available virtual hosting, etc. that I control, but I don't really want to drag my day job into my kink life.

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  8. I removed my entries (I only had five) but I'm keeping the blog until I see what happens.

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