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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

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Los Angeles, California, US

Google bans "graphic nudity" from hosted blogs, will decide if your art is porn

http://boingboing.net/2015/02/24/google … udity.html

Feb 24 15 08:07 am Link

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S W I N S K E Y

Posts: 24376

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

I received my email from Blogspot on Sunday...
The message i needed to tailor my blog to conform before March.

you tell me where the explicit images are: http://swinskey.blogspot.com/

smh ~

Feb 24 15 08:44 am Link

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Ken Sanville Photo

Posts: 343

Louisville, Colorado, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:
I received my email from Blogspot on Sunday...
The message i needed to tailor my blog to conform before March.

you tell me where the explicit images are: http://swinskey.blogspot.com/

smh ~

Nothing even close to offensive or pornographic there.

Feb 24 15 08:49 am Link

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Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4839

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I haven't used mine since 2012, but got the same email. I have a feeling they'll tear mine down (although I don't have anything graphic or sexual on there, just artistic nudes). http://sleepyweaselphotography.blogspot.com/

Feb 24 15 08:57 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:
The message i needed to tailor my blog to conform before March.

Is it possible you received a mass form letter from Blogger not tied to an evaluation of your work?

Or did they tell you your blog was out of compliance?

Feb 24 15 08:59 am Link

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Lightcraft Studio

Posts: 13682

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:
you tell me where the explicit images are: http://swinskey.blogspot.com/
smh ~

You do have full nudity up there. It's up to some entry-level person at Google to decide if it's "artistic" or not... that's likely to be a real hit-or-miss proposition depending on which Google "analyst" happens upon your blog.

Feb 24 15 09:05 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

Lightcraft Studio wrote:
You do have full nudity up there. It's up to some entry-level person at Google to decide if it's "artistic" or not... that's likely to be a real hit-or-miss proposition depending on which Google "analyst" happens upon your blog.

exactly

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
Google bans "graphic nudity" from hosted blogs, will decide if your art is porn

Feb 24 15 09:08 am Link

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Jay Edwards

Posts: 18616

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:
I received my email from Blogspot on Sunday...
The message i needed to tailor my blog to conform before March.

you tell me where the explicit images are: http://swinskey.blogspot.com/

smh ~

It's not up to us -- it's up to Google.   smile

You probably received a mass email sent to all bloggers...

Feb 24 15 11:04 am Link

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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 26342

Portland, Oregon, US

Years ago, PayPal froze my account (with $500 in it) because I accepted donations on my fine art nude photography web site, and they felt that that violated their "mature audience policy".  Meanwhile, e-Bay was selling all sorts of porn & accepting PayPal payments.  I said adios to PayPal and to this day, I still won't use them.

Hey, no hard feelings.  (The previous statement is a lie).  They want to project a certain business image and want to restrict their business to something that is of general appeal, so they want to keep things PG.  It's their business.

So, I've come to believe that if you want to dabble in any kind of adult art (whether it is R or X rated), you've got to go on your own.  You can't put your blog on someone else's web site -- you've got to create your own site. 

I just figure that having your own web site (as opposed to having an entry on Blogspot or Facebook or Twitter or whatever), just seems (to me) to be more professional.  It's better to have your own domain name, or own e-mail address, or own presence that is something other than a member of a social media site.

Feb 24 15 12:56 pm Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13811

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Looknsee Photography wrote:
Years ago, PayPal froze my account (with $500 in it) because I accepted donations on my fine art nude photography web site, and they felt that that violated their "mature audience policy".  Meanwhile, e-Bay was selling all sorts of porn & accepting PayPal payments.  I said adios to PayPal and to this day, I still won't use them.

Hey, no hard feelings.  (The previous statement is a lie).  They want to project a certain business image and want to restrict their business to something that is of general appeal, so they want to keep things PG.  It's their business.

So, I've come to believe that if you want to dabble in any kind of adult art (whether it is R or X rated), you've got to go on your own.  You can't put your blog on someone else's web site -- you've got to create your own site. 

I just figure that having your own web site (as opposed to having an entry on Blogspot or Facebook or Twitter or whatever), just seems (to me) to be more professional.  It's better to have your own domain name, or own e-mail address, or own presence that is something other than a member of a social media site.

Is Paypal and Ebay run by puritans?

Lately Ebay has refused sale of things like playboys or nudes.

Feb 24 15 07:00 pm Link

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Brooklyn Bridge Images

Posts: 13169

Brooklyn, New York, US

Lay down with dogs u gonna get fleas

Feb 24 15 07:29 pm Link

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studio36uk

Posts: 22898

Tavai, Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

I will venture a guess that Google has become aware of something that we are not privy to... it might be a hint of something in the legal wind, it might be some court decision, or impending decision, that has escaped attention, it might be simply multiple complaints wherein Google, once they know the stuff is there, has become wary of their liability. It is also possible that they have come under pressure from some outside agency or government but not necessarily that of the United States. I somehow doubt that they have sent the notices and will be taking this action for no reason whatsoever. 

In the case of the US government, could it be that there is something we are missing in the FCC's intended Internet regulation actions, either as a primary cause or a secondary effect that Google has taken note of?

Studio36

Feb 24 15 08:16 pm Link

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udor

Posts: 25254

New York, New York, US

John Photography wrote:
Is Paypal and Ebay run by puritans?

Yes!

It's un-American any other way! evilgrin

Feb 24 15 11:58 pm Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13811

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

udor wrote:

Yes!

It's un-American any other way! evilgrin

Explains a lot....

I had the playboy from the 80s with Madonna on the cover and wanted to sell it as it's somewhat collectable.....The sale got refused on the grounds of playboy being "pornographic" in their words

Feb 25 15 03:31 am Link

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Jay Edwards

Posts: 18616

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

John Photography wrote:
Is Paypal and Ebay run by puritans?

Lately Ebay has refused sale of things like playboys or nudes.

There is quite a bit of adult material listed on eBay...they have an ''adults only'' section.

Feb 25 15 05:49 am Link

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hbutz New York

Posts: 3923

Ronkonkoma, New York, US

I regularly get emails from Google advising me that I have an adult labeled blog and *may* be subject to them shutting it down.  I reply to their bulk emails and tell them to "go scratch" which I'm sure doesn't get read.

Like others, I have had my PayPal account locked for putting a "Donate" button on an art nude website.  I was included in a class-action lawsuit and retrieved the money in the account, but the account remains locked for life and any/all bank accounts associated with it permanently banned.  Lovely people.

Feb 25 15 06:39 am Link

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kickfight

Posts: 35054

Portland, Oregon, US

I feel this probably has a lot more to do with fallout from "The Fappening" and the ever-escalating concerns about "revenge porn" on major online properties. Basically, nude or even vaguely-sexually-suggestive images ---no matter how "artistic" in nature--- are likely to be regarded as mostly-unwelcome on an ongoing basis by the big players, as just basic common-sense CYA approach.

Even Reddit (still considered to be the highest-profile participant in the whole "Fappening" drama) has seen the writing on the wall and is implementing major changes to its policies on this type of content.

It'll be interesting to see whether other prominent online properties follow suit, and what this means, long-term, for those who create content that  ---even in its most benign manifestation--- features nudity and/or sexually-suggestive themes.

Feb 25 15 10:41 am Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13811

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Jay  Edwards wrote:

There is quite a bit of adult material listed on eBay...they have an ''adults only'' section.

Must be Australia then..... I was declined for sales of that playboy issue I had and a couple of other items.

Feb 25 15 06:48 pm Link

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Cherrystone

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Columbus, Ohio, US

Feb 27 15 04:49 pm Link

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Brooklyn Bridge Images

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Brooklyn, New York, US

Cherrystone wrote:
Oops....
http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/27/technol … index.html

Hopefully this will be a wakeup call to people to find another more creative friendly platform

Feb 27 15 07:14 pm Link

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Art Silva

Posts: 10064

Santa Barbara, California, US

Even tho I had deleted all my posts on my Blogger page years ago and have one post with no photo that was posted 2 years ago, I still received an email notice from Google saying that "according to their records" My content will be considered against blooger image policy starting immediately and to delete any posts or don't post any of my (nude art) images or they will be taken down.

WTF... well no big loss since I never use blogger anymore.

http://artsilvaphoto.blogspot.com

Feb 27 15 07:50 pm Link

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Michael Bots

Posts: 8020

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Indeed.  They changed their mind.

Google scraps plan to block porn on Blogger
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/google-scraps … nance.html


Google u-turn on porn ban as it allows bloggers to show X-rated material... as long as they mark it 'adult'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … ogger.html

Feb 27 15 11:11 pm Link

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CNP Photography

Posts: 2579

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

They seem to be backing down, Received this email:

Dear Blogger User,

This week, you received an email telling you about some changes we were making to the Blogger Content Policy. In that email, we announced a change to Blogger's porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually explicit images or graphic nudity would be made private.

We've received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts longstanding blogs and the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.

We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies (http://www.blogger.com/content.g).

What this means for your blog:
Commercial porn will continue to be prohibited.
If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you must turn on the adult content setting (https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/86944?hl=en) so a warning will show.

Mar 06 15 09:00 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

Good.

Mar 06 15 03:34 pm Link