In a change to its adult content policy, Google has announced it will no longer allow sexually explicit material on Blogger.
It’s unclear why Google has announced the change to the blogging platform it acquired over a decade ago. However, in what is probably just a coincidence, the move comes just after the company announced its YouTube Kids app. So, maybe someone, somewhere is wanting to make the search giant a bit more family friendly.
“As of March 23, 2015, you can no longer publicly share on Blogger sexually explicit images or videos that show graphic depictions of nudity,” the company wrote. “We will accept bare if the content is remarkable for the public benefit, as may occur in scientific artistic, educational, or documentary contexts.”
Of course, if you’re not posting nude selfies on your Blogger account, then this may not really affect you. Unless you somehow think Blogger is the only place to find nude images on the Internet. In which case, you are in a for a big surprise.
But if you are posting sexually explicit material, then Google says your blog will be made automatically private on March 23. Google says it won’t delete the content. But the blog can only be seen by the owner and people who the owner has shared the blog with.
From there, you can either decide to take down the adult content or export the blog so you can re-post it elsewhere.
If you create a new blog after March 23 and start posting nudity, Google says it may delete your blog or “take other measures.”