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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Blogger Content Policy - be sure.

Recently, I have seen questions, in the Blogger Forum, regarding Blogger's Content Policy.

For example:
"(I) want to be triple sure of my content to avoid being blocked"

Naturally, I agree with the writer. If I was publishing content, which caused me to be concerned, I'd want to be certain, too. We spend a lot of time, and effort, constructing our blogs, and hours typing, scrounging images, and trying to attract readers. It is extremely easy to over-step the mark, so to speak, and get your blog blocked - for one reason or another.

Blogger has Terms of Service (TOS) policies, as well as Contents Policies. They are as available as anything else, on the 'net. Take advantage of them. Make sure you will not transgress. If you are in doubt, I'm sure someone will be able to help you - just ask in the correct Forum.

Let's look at the 'Adult Content' 1 policy, as an example:

" - Adult Content: We do allow adult content on Blogger, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity. But, please mark your blog as 'adult' in your Blogger settings. Otherwise, we may put it behind a 'mature content' interstitial.

There are some exceptions to our adult content policy:

  • Do not use Blogger as a way to make money on adult content. For example, don't create blogs where a significant percentage of the content is ads or links to commercial porn sites.
  • No incest or bestiality content: We do not allow image, video or text content that depicts or encourages incest or bestiality..."

So, what happens if you see a blog which flies in the face of Blogger Content Policy? This is what Blogger says 1:

" -  Enforcement of Blogger's Content Policy

If you encounter a blog that you believe violates our content policies, please report it to us using the 'Flag Blog' link located at the top of each blog (Note: If the blog owner has hidden this link, you can still report the blog by filling out this form).

Our team reviews these flags for policy violations. If the blog does not violate our policies, we will not take any action against the blog or blog owner. If we find that a blog does violate our content policies, we take one or more of the following actions based on the severity of the violation:

  • Put the blog behind a 'mature content' interstitial
  • Put the blog behind an interstitial where only the blog author can access the content
  • Delete the blog
  • Disable the author's access to his/her Blogger account
  • Disable the author's access to his/her Google account
  • Report the user to law enforcement ..."

Sounds pretty clear to me. Take time to check for yourself.

1 Blogger Content Policy - see link above.


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