No news may be good news, but on this occasion at least, some news is GREAT news!
From today's Guardian:
Google has backtracked on plans to ban sexually explicit images from its blogging platform Blogger, in the face of widespread opposition from users.
The company had initially announced a ban on “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video”, with just a few exceptions for content which offered “a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts”.
It planned to enforce the ban from 23 March, when any user with offending material still on their blog would be forced to turn it into a private site.
Now, the company has backed down. Jessica Pelegio, a social product support manager at Google, wrote: “We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
“So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.”
“Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as ‘adult’ so that they can be placed behind an ‘adult content’ warning page,” she added.
So, panic over. Having spent much of the week planning and initialising FMS' escape from Blogger, in the end, we're staying right here. And I couldn't be more relieved.
Thank you SO much to femalemusclesfan, nobodie, aiden and everyone else for all your messages of support and advice. I have (without wishing to get all soppy about it) felt the love this week. And extra special thanks to PumpItUp for being there all week, calming me down, providing technical advice, and, finally, alerting me to the Guardian article itself. I couldn't ask for a better virtual friend!
And given that attempting to make FMS look or feel remotely like it does now on another platform has proved to be a task way beyond the capabilities of the both the hosting sites and myself, I am very very pleased that we're staying home. If you could see the smile on my face you'd think Alina had been on the phone telling me she was going to pop round later and thank me personally for all the nice things I've written about her over the years.
Will she be your Hot and Hard #1 again?
I'm back on it. Stay tuned. the Countdown is coming soon...