Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Last post HERE from Shadows Exposed.

We are going to be moving soon.  On February 23rd we received the following email:

Dear Blogger User,

We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content Policy that may affect your account.

In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.

The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we've made private.

Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won't experience any interruptions in service. 

New Religion - Rain DeGrey042115 - SideB

Our initial reaction was a big "fuck you!"  We made two decisions.

  1. Give blogger the finger and set up a Tumblr account.   Currently we are working in the backend of both blog spaces to set that up.  It will have the same url - www.shadowsexposed.com  once we finish setting it up.  It is going to take us months to transfer over the posts from this site, but all new posts will be at the new site.  We will leave this one up until the transfer is complete.  
  2. Have "fuck you" fun and post some nuke images.  If they are afraid of adult content, let's give them some!   

Moon Marie042115 - Side B

A few weeks later we then got this email - basically they said, "Oops.  Our bad."

Dear Blogger User,

This week, you received an email telling you about some changes we were making to the Blogger Content Policy. In that email, we announced a change to Blogger's porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually explicit images or graphic nudity would be made private.

We've received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts longstanding blogs and the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.

We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies.

What this means for your blog:
Commercial porn will continue to be prohibited.

If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you must turn on the adult content setting so a warning will show.

If you don't have sexually explicit content on your blog and you're following the rest of the Blogger Content Policy, you don't need to make any changes to your blog.

Thank you for your continued feedback,

The Blogger Team

Valya Triptych - 042115 - SideB

Please keep in mind we have been very compliant with enabling the adult content setting since the beginning.  We even went the extra mile and added an in-depth 2257 compliance statement.   Even though they reversed direction, we are still going to move to Tumblr.

We thank all of you for your years of following us and sharing your thoughts here on blogger.com.  We are proud of our work and are honored to share it with you.  You will know of the change when you go to www.shadowsexposed.com and it takes you to our Tumblr home.

Gabbi - 042115 - SideB

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