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Google provokes ire of 'adult' bloggers with letter threatening to delete blogs
Tumblr Causes Millions of Adult Blogs to Vanish - Plagiarism Today
Google is struggling to persuade people running "adult" blogs on its Blogger network that it will not necessarily delete them — after sending out a letter this week to thousands of blog owners threatening to delete their blogs from Monday. She told the Guardian that she is exporting her entire blog to a separate domain in case Google wipes it without warning. She added, "Nine years I've been with them, but only four days' notice. The letter, apparently sent out earlier this week — just days ahead of the deletion — is part of a crackdown on pornographic advertising on its Blogger network, reckoned to have around m blogs. In the letter, Google says it will "prohibit the monetisation of Adult content on Blogger. After June 30th , we will be enforcing this policy and will remove blogs which are adult in nature and are displaying advertisements to adult websites. But the ambiguous nature of the first sentence — which implies that any "adult" blog on Blogger that takes advertising will be wiped — has outraged and infuriated free speech campaigners.
Users found out this wasn't true when a new adult blog search policy went public on Thursday, capping Tumblr's quarantine on adult content, which now also includes excluding adult blogs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines. Now, around 12 million Tumblr blogs marked "adult" have been removed from Tumblr's internal search; this follows the revelation two months ago that adult blogs were no longer indexed by Google, and the pre-sale removal of Tumblr's "Erotica" category from its category index. Tumblr's "Erotica" category had been launched in January with much sex-positive fanfare - it would appear that the days of Tumblr's tolerance are long gone. The change to its content restrictions came two months after press heard Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer say in May that Tumblrs which aren't "brand safe" - alluding to porn and adult blogs - would be left alone.
When Yahoo! The decision was made to remove blogs deemed to be adult from search results. This, in essence, makes these sites impossible to find through any normal search, including on Google, Yahoo! This includes sites that are both flagged by their owners as adult and those flagged by Tumblr itself or its community.