This week, Google shut down and deleted popular gay adult blog “COP Blog.” Here’s why.
Google says its Blogger platform is adult friendly, but there are exceptions. Exceptions that don’t make any sense.
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.
What’s wrong with bestiality? Just kidding, that’s gross.
The exception that most likely caused COP Blog’s deletion is the “ads or links to commercial porn sites” part. COP Blog used affiliate links and banners (which generate revenue when readers buy something on the linked porn site) to promote gay porn scenes and movies every day, and they did a really good job at it! But who’s to say if that was a “significant percentage” of the content? Adult blogs regularly post interviews and news in addition to affiliate material, so “significant percentage” is a ridiculously arbitrary way to measure a site’s content. And why would Google disallow “commerical gain” from porn sites, as noted here, but not commercial gain from affiliate linking to non-porn sites like, say, Amazon. The same Amazon where, by the way, you can buy porn! Dumb.
If you’re using Blogger/Google to host your blog (and I could name dozens of porn stars who do) and you’re promoting porn, be prepared to be shut down at any time.
COP Blog has relaunched on WordPress.