By David Holmes for Pando Daily. Originally published on February 24th, 2015.
“The Internet used to be such a sexy place.
To users of a certain age who remember the hell of dial-up Internet, there was a time when pornography was just about the only thing worth suffering through ten-minute load times to see. You could walk to the corner and buy a physical copy of the New York Times in the time it took to load the newspaper’s website — and do so with much less shame than buying a Playboy.
But as the tech companies that act as stewards of all this digital information swim in ever-expanding sums of cash — while seeking the political clout that comes with all that money — the Web has become increasingly Puritanical. Facebook won’t let users share adult content on public walls or even via direct message. It also went so far as to delete a female crew team’s page after it promoting a semi-nude — but fully PG-13 — charity calendar. Last Summer, Google, under pressure by the “family values” group Morality in Media, banned “ads that promote graphic depictions of sexual acts.” Even Snapchat, a “cool” company if there ever was one, barred porn stars from making money using the app.
Now, Google is taking its anti-sex stance even further by banning public blogs hosted on its Blogger platform that feature “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video.” These bloggers have one month to remove the offending content or else Google will automatically list these blogs as “private” — meaning they will only be visible to their owners and individuals that have been granted explicit permission by the owner to view.”