Google changes course and won’t ban adult content on Blogger

Carry on.
Carry on.
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Google announced earlier this week that it was going to ban adult content from Blogger, its blogging service. But now the company has changed its decision. In a short post on the Google Product web forum, the Blogger team said that it had decided to update its plans thanks to the response it had received from its blog users.

We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.

Google will continue to allow adult content on Blogger, as long as publishers mark the content as “adult.” Blogger will also step up its “enforcement” of any links or content from commercial pornography sites.

Update (11:37 pm): A Google spokesperson told Quartz that the company has “no clear plans” yet on how it will enforce the removal of commercial pornography from Blogger, as it has only just come to this decision.