The adult blogosphere has been blowing up about Google’s announcement early this week that they were going to make all adult content blogs on their popular blogging platform, Blogger, private. That means that people who had built their blogs around certain types of erotica, porn, or anything else that Google defined as “adult” (which, in usual fashion, they never clearly specified) would be basically unfindable without an invite.
Our own A.V. Flox has been writing prolifically about the changes and their effect on adult bloggers, as well as the fact that this seems to be the way things are going with mainstream tech companies and their relationships with adult content.
“This approach has become a favorite in Silicon Valley,” A.V. said here on MiKandi. “Rather than ban adult content outright and cause an uproar, the visibility of adult content is restricted to the point that adult content creators are simply forced to go elsewhere.”
But then last night, in a move that I don’t think anyone in the adult industry expected, Blogger put out an announcement that the changes in policy would not, in fact, go into effect.
“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,” states a post by user jessicapelegio and signed The Blogger Team. “So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.”
While this peddling back of their policy is a great news for most of the bloggers who were going to be effected by the change, this isn’t the first time that a platform owned by one of the major tech corporations has cracked down on adult content – and it won’t be the last.
Yahoo-owned Tumblr made a very similar move back in July of 2013 when they made adult content unsearchable and Google banned ads in AdWords that had graphic sex acts in them last June. They also announced the commercial porn ban on Blogger at that time, the policy that they’re now going to “step up enforcement” around.
Even MiKandi was created in response to the fact that the App Store and other mainstream marketplaces have strict bans on adult apps, hence our firm statement that we’re here to “treat adults like adults.”
While some bloggers will undoubtedly choose to stick with Blogger – it’s home for many of them, after all – it’s probably time to start reaching out to more adult-content platforms. One company, Boodigo, which has already tackled the issue of adult content being hard to find in mainstream search engines, told MiKandi that they’re working on creating a blogging platform that will be specifically for adult content.
In the meantime, A.V. recommends migrating to Known, Ello, or self-hosting your own blog for maximum security. Finally, the super awesome super nerds over at The Internet Archive have offered up their Wayback Machine for anyone who wants to create a permanent record of their blog.
While you may be safe for now, adult bloggers, take this move as the warning it is and start taking steps to protect your content.
Featured image courtesy of Mattias Weinberger via CC License on Flickr.