Until it happened to me I never believed Blogger could delete or remove blogs. It certainly is one thing which must be looked into and measures be taken to avoid an occurrence wherein your blog would be deleted for violation of Blogger Content Policy.
What is Blogger Content Policy?
As it is in every organization, there are rules, regulations and guidelines laid down which must be adhered to and followed precept upon precept by every member of that organization.
We all know that failure to adhere to an organization's rules and regulations always warrants a penalty.
Blogger, like every other organization, has got rules it expects every member of hers to follow. One of such is the highly neglected 'Content Policy'.
I must confess, I never read through that policy until I lost my blog and I had to write up this review. Funny enough, I noticed how easy it was for you to lose years of hard work, money, time, selfless service, diligence and every other virtue you might have inputted in your blog work.
Blogger Content Policy cuts across 13 major standpoints. They are:
- Adult Content
- Crude Content
- Child Safety
- Hate Speech
- Impersonating People
- Illegal Activities
- Regulated Goods and Services
- Malware and Viruses
- Personal and Confidential Information
Reviewing the 13 Blogger Content Policy Standpoints
Blogger allows its users to post adult content on their blogs. You can include images and videos which have attributes of nudity or sexual activity you just have to go to your dashboard>>settings and mark your blog as Adult content.
Even without doing so, Blogger would flag your blog as a blog for adult content always placing it behind an 'adult content' warning interstitial.
Oh Yes, they allow adult content but Blogger places some exceptions on it.
1. You mustn't use your adult content blog as a means of earning money. Creating a blog which is targeted at promoting and generating leads for commercial porn sites is not allowed.
2. Your blog should not promote or encourage illegal sexual acts like bestiality, incest, rape and necrophilia.
3. You are not allowed to post or distribute a person's nude or sexually explicit images or videos without the prior permission from the person. Not only do you face Blogger, you might face some court actions, Beware.
You would be violating the crude content policy if you post images which are usually unfit for the human eyes without a commentary. Images like accident scenes, gunshot wounds, disoriented body parts e.t.c when posted without an additional context or commentary are not allowed on Blogger.
Blogger does not tolerate content which exploit children. So therefore, If you must be safe from this policy do not post contents of images with child sexual abuse or contents that promote sexual attraction to children.
Blogger has got Zero-tolerance for such.
Even though Blogger claims to offer a service for free expression it doesn't condone content that promotes violence targeted with hate speeches at an individual or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, origin, nationality, sexuality or gender.
If a blog's content incites hatred on the basis of the characteristics mentioned above, it has gone against Blogger Content Policy.
Writing contents which are a threat to other people go against the 'violence' section of Blogger Content Policy.
Do not post death threats to a person or group and do not incite people to take violent actions against a group.
This does not only carry severe consequences online, it does offline. Content found to be harassing in whatever way would be taken down immediately and the site may be permanently banned.
Court action may follow too.
Your contents must in no way harass anybody; child, adult, or group.
Do not pretend to be/represent someone, a group or an organization. Your blog content should not mislead people into thinking you are somebody you are not.
Blogger, although, allows you to publish parody which is a piece of writing that imitates the style of another so as to be amusing and satire which is the use of humour, irony, e.t.c to ridicule or criticize.
Never impersonate. It is not just against Blogger Content Policy but against the Rule of Law.
Your blogger blog mustn't be used for illegal activities or to promote or incite people into illegal activities.
Using blogger to promote illegal drugs, drinking and driving, prostitution, pick-pocketing, destruction of properties, violence against the government is prohibited.
Regulated Goods and Services
There are goods which have been regulated by Food regulatory bodies or associated organizations. Blogger would not condone blogs promoting this regulated products.
Popular among the folk of regulated goods include: tobacco, unapproved supplements, fireworks, alcohol e.t.c
For services, we have gambling and medical attention from unapproved medical personnel.
I don't think I have to explain this one.
Spam ranges from creating a blog to drive traffic to your other blog to posting comments on other people's blog to promote your site and your site's product to manipulate and gain search rankings, the list is endless.
Spammy content blog faces straight deletion.
Malware and Viruses
Do not create blogs with the purpose of infecting a visitors PC or phone with a virus or for the purpose of gaining access to a person's private information.
Blogger must not be used to create phising sites, It is strictly forbidden.
Personal and Confidential Information
Do not publish someone else's personal and confidential information. Any of a person's information which when publicized could wreck havoc to the person or associates must not be featured on your blog.
If there is any part of this content policy that I can willingly stick my neck out would be violated is copyright.
There is a rise in plagiarized content especially among News and entertainment bloggers. Do not get me wrong, I do not mean they are the only ones that do copy and paste.
Yes, content is king but remember Blogger hates copyrighting.
I began by telling you my blog was deleted. The reason why it was deleted is this, an admin on my blog went against copyright policies.
Get this straight, He was not copying and pasting to my blog but it affected my blog. This goes to show how much Blogger forbids copyrighting.
To Enforce this Content Policy, Blogger would:
- Put the blog behind an 'adult content' interstitial
- Put the blog behind an interstitial where only the blog author can access the content
- Delete the offending content, blog post or blog
- Disable the author's access to their Blogger account
- Disable the author's access to their Google account
- Report the user to law enforcement