Google has begun a clean-up operation of its Blogger pages. It plans on showing a zero-tolerance policy towards Blogger’s adult-themed pages. This act will ensue from June 30th.
All adult sites on Blogger are facing a road blocked signal. Google which owns Blogger is prohibiting all adult-themed contents on blogs. Especially the commercialization of porn on Blogger will be banned starting from the end of the month. Some of the pages display ads depicting pornography openly. According to The Verge, they will be scrapped after the stated date as tweetd by blogger and columnist Violet Blue. In an open message, Google warned Bloggers to take down any obscene ads they might have hanging around their blogs. The presence of such ads would violate the change in policy.
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While Google does allow adult content on Blogger, it does not let people use the pornography to make money. The collective email sent to bloggers denied them the facility of using porn for monetization purposes. The sites will be terminated if they go against the new restrictions. This counts for any outside connections to porn sites as well. The update had been long due and finally it has been set for the end of the month. As long as the categorization is right, Google would allow blogs to be created even if they were erotic in nature. But now it has finally decided to get tough on all this hanky-panky. The rules no longer applied so that had to be revised and brought closer to today’s standards. There are certain loopholes in the laws. It seems that the first one is the exact definition of the term “adult”. And then there is the thin and fine line that separates art from erotica.
That the Internet has a large number of porn sites on it does not in any way detract from its good points. It is a source of all sorts of theoretical and practical information. And there is a great deal of harmless entertainment too. But as the saying goes: “Anything is possible in cyberspace”. The strange, bizarre, abnormal and perverted do manage to squirm their way into the web pages and corrupt impressionable minds. When the question of hard-core pornography arises, there is little doubt that it ought to be restricted. In an atmosphere where we have six year olds going on computers such material is poison for young psyches. It will take time before the cobwebs of pornography are swept off the dimensions of cyberspace. Till then piecemeal efforts such as the one done by Google for Blogger are to be continued in all sincerity.