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Google’s Blogger bans smut and Reddit cracks down on stolen nudes

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Google has announced it’ll no longer allow sexually explicit content to be published on its Blogger platform, while Reddit says it’ll is clamping down on stolen stolen nudes and revenge porn.

In Google’s case, the web giant said (via BBC) all publicly-posted sexually explicit videos and photos will be set to private from March 23.

Google isn’t deleting any of the existing content, but may take down offending content added after next month’s deadline.

The company isn’t placing a blanket ban on all risque content, though. Nudity will be allowed if it “offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”

Those who wish to continue publishing pornographic content elsewhere can export their entire blog as an XML file, which can then be published using another blogging platform.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, another major web company was updating its filth policing policy. However, the Reddit site isn’t looking to do away with smut posted to its pages, just insisting on the consent of those involved.

The company came under fire after it became a source of dissemination from the stolen celebrity nudes gleaned by the iCloud hackers in 2014 and wants to ensure there's no repeat.

"I really want to believe that as we enter the next 10 years of Reddit life, essentially the most trafficked media site on the Internet, the opportunity here to set a standard for respecting the privacy of our users," co-founder Alexis Ohanian told the New York Times (via Engadget)

The change in tact is also aimed at eliminating so-called 'revenge porn' postings on the user-curated site. The act of posting explicit material of ex-partners online without the permission has become a hot topic again in recent times.

Back in October, the UK passed a law making revenge porn illegal with a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

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