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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

GOOGLE/BLOGGER'S ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION

YESTERDAY MANY BLOG AUTHORS RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING EMAIL FROM BLOGGER:

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

(c) 2015 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

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This is clearly another attack by Google, the owner of Blogger, to attack freedom of speech and freedom of expression. That's extremely ironic because Google always tries to sell itself as a defender of these rights which are guaranteed in the constitution of the United States and of all other all democratic countries.

Nothing in our blog or any other "adult" blog is illegal. Neither is our website or any other adult website illegal. Therefore this move by Google and Blogger is based on other reasons which we can only speculate about.

If this new policy is implemented next month, Brent's Blog will disappear and Google's search engine will apparently also not list adult blogs. This policy will affect any blog labelled as "adult" by Google/Blogger. This label is currently applied to "LGBT and "outsider sexuality" diaries, erotic writers, transgender activists, romance book editors and reviewers, sex toy reviewers, art nude photographers, film-makers, artists such as painters and comic illustrators, text-only fiction writers, sex news and porn gossip writers, LGBT sex activism, sex education and information outlets, fetish fashion, feminist porn blogs, and much, much more." (see http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-bans-explicit-adult-content-from-blogger-blogs/)

The article linked above is by Violet Blue published by ZD Net and is an excellent explanation of the effect this policy will have on us all. Please take a look at it.

We are currently looking to move Brent's Blog to another platform. Tumblr and WordPress come to mind depending on their policies. We hope to be able to make a decision soon.

George Wolf
Member Support
BrentEverett.com

General Manager
Brent Everett Media

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