It’s better to be safe than sorry! What a ridiculous change/enforcement of policy.
So I just got an e-mail from Blogger, informing me of changes to their content policy. Apparently, they are no longer allowing publicly available blogs to contain “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video.” Because their “content policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for you, the users.” And since America has a royally fucked up culture where brutal violence is OK, but men and women enjoying sex is not, “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video” don’t contribute to a positive experience.
The new policy will go into affect March 23.
Now, this doesn’t affect me, yet because I don’t have any sexually explicit images. However, what this means is that if some artist toddles along, really likes my work, and offers to draw a few pictures (like titlecards for my episodes) for me, and those titlecards contain any nudity, I can’t post them on this blog. Also, since my game would contain those images, I’m not sure I’d be allowed to post a link to my game, either.
Furthermore, I went digging a bit more deeply into their current content policies, and found this gem:
“Adult Content: Do not distribute sexually explicit content or graphic depictions of nudity. Do not drive traffic to commercial pornography sites.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking my “content” is pretty sexually explicit. Which basically means that I’m at best skating on thin ice, at worst I’m already in violation of their content policy. So, since I a) don’t want to support a service that supports the “sex is bad” bullshit, b) don’t like violating contracts that I sign, and c) don’t want to wake up one day only to discover that my blog has been locked down because some prude stumbled upon and flagged it as being in violation of Blogger’s terms of service, I’m going to be moving to a different service.
I’ll probably shift over to a WordPress driven site, since their terms of service don’t seem to make any mention of prohibiting pornographic content. Basically, they just don’t want any hate-spewing blogs or websites loaded with viruses. I’m going to try to see if I can get it set up this weekend, and I’ll make an announcement here when I do. It’ll be pretty bare at first, but I do plan on shifting the content currently here to that site (copy-paste is my friend!). And I will be posting all new content there.
Sorry about the inconvenience. I’m probably making a mountain out of a molehill, but I’ve heard too many stories about websites taken down randomly and without notice by people trying to score points with the “Think of the Children!” crowd to risk it.