Both Google and Reddit are starting to get a bit more serious about the content that finds its way to their respective platforms. Reddit is typically thought of as a repository for just about anything you can dump onto the Internet, but those days are changing, at least when it comes to unauthorized adult content. Google is also making changes, and will no longer allow many kinds of mature media content on Blogger, which includes pics and videos. It doesn’t sound as though the written word will be affected.
Reddit cites their size as a reason for the change. They also note that with the celebrity photo leak last year, they feel as though they missed an opportunity to be responsible. Reddit went on to say “no matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on Reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on Reddit.”
Google’s guidelines for Blogger are similarly buttoned-up, but encompass any publicly posted explicit material. Google does allow for a loophole, saying “we’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.” Existing public blogs can either remove their content, or have their blog marked as private.
Google’s new rules take effect March 23. Reddit is making their changes effective a bit sooner, and will start pulling down unauthorized adult content on March 10.