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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Google Blogger has a reputation for closing gay blogs without warning.  It happened to me.  My first blog, Daddy's Bad Boys, was "locked" so only I could access it.  Viewers could not view the blog.  I was told that my blog MAY have violated Google Blogger's Terms of Service.  Blogger provided a very easy appeal process:  

"If you believe your blog has been locked in error, please click the following link to request a manual review. Once you've requested a review, a Blogger employee will review your blog within two business days and take action as necessary."

Two weeks later I am still waiting for a Blogger employee to review my blog and take action as necessary.

Again, I clicked on "the following link to request a manual review" and started the process all over again.  My original request date for a review was now replaced with the new request date for a review.  Is this an endless circle?

I see three possibilities happening here:

#1.  There is a systematic effort by Google Blogger to eliminate gay blogs.
#2.  There are some rogue Google Blogger employees eliminating gay blogs.
#3.  There is an organized effort outside of Blogger to target gay blogs and file enough
complaints against the targeted blogs that Blogger has to shut them down until reviewed.

As of this moment I have no proof, yet I suspect it is a combination of #2 & #3.

I plan on posting a list of all know gay blogs on Google Blogger which have closed.

If you know of a blog which was closed, please leave a comment or send me an email and I will post it.



Anonymous said...

Hi Jeff,
After seeing the title of your former blog it immediately came to me what your problem may be. It's not so much that your blog was gay it's your choice of title. Anytime the words 'daddy', 'little sister', 'boy', 'mommy' etc. are used on an adult blog, they will block use of the blog or e-club or other type of group on other sites like Blogger until a full review of the site can be made. And they will not rush to that review because they want to discourage pedophile traffic. The action is not to discourage gays-but pedofiles. People on Yahoo! Groups and other meeting sites complain about the same actions of other web communities. In other words it could be months before they get to your site. Just remember, they want it dead not because your title attracts gays, but because it attracts pedos. But your number 3 suspicion is also correct. If Blogger reviews your site and finds OK it will be reported again and probably by some homophobe who knows that your title will get you shut down for automatic review if he/she complains and then gets a friend to complain who gets another friend to complain...

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon(8/15/09 7:11 AM),
An excellent point and clearly stated. I have not thought of that possibility, yet, it is very logical. For the record, I do not condone Pedophilia; I do not condone pictures of Pedophilia; I do not condone breaking the law when it concerns children, or any acts of violence- be they sexual or otherwise between non-consenting adults.

With that said, I pose, as a devil's advocate, some thoughts:

With today's technology, Google Blogger could easily block blogs from opening up in the first place on Blogger should they use terms such as "daddy", "mommy", "boy", "girl", etc. Why wait 8 months and a million or two million hits later to shut the blog down. Surely Google Blogger is technically sophisticated enough to act sooner. Hell, all someone needs to do is follow the blog links.

Google Blogger could add these buzz-words in their Terms of Service and prohibit them. Now isn't that a simple thing to do?

It is my opinion that Google Blogger cannot stop or discourage Pedophiles from looking through Blogger blogs. Aside from closing down Blogger It is beyond their ability to do that.

The one fact I am sure of is that some blogs which did not contain in their titles any of those buzz-words you mentioned have been closed.

You may be totally correct in your assumption. And if you are correct, I recommend to Google Blogger that a simple well-worded statement be sent to the blog owner. We want to know why our blogs have been closed.

Here's the problem as I see it: If the Terms of Service were violated, just tell the blogger...and be specific about explaining the violation so it will not be repeated in the next blog. Why this big mystery? Why promise a 48 hour review and not follow through? Why do so many gay blogs get closed at once?

Google is a hugh company with shares over $400 the last time I looked. They are well staffed and on the cutting edge of technology. If they are really afraid of Pedophile traffic, they are doing one lousy job in addressing their fears. The Pedophile problem you so well pointed out may indeed be part of the problem. I, however, think the problem goes much deeper.

Thanks for your comment. It adds a perspective which may well be part of the mix.


Anonymous said...

I think I have been flagged as a problem blogger, though I post no child porn, but now every blog I put up gets deleted or locked...so I think it is a matter of blogger being paranoid about gay material, especially if it involves pics or videos with young men naked or engaged in sex with each other.

Anonymous said...

Hi B. Edward...that is possible, but I think it is a bigger picture. Google is not paranoid; google exists to make a profit. Naturally, it is illegal to violate the law, but Google doesn't establish law. It establishes guidelines to make money. Follow the money and look toward China.

Library Vixen said...

hi there,
not sure it is just gay blog, but sex blogs in general. I was shut down last week, no notice,no explanation. As well were 4 other sex bloggers. I think it may be a anti-sex campaign on part of google. Good luck. I ended up moving everything to word press.

nickwallacesmith said...

hey jeff

i'll add my blog to the list of those axed:


in the worst case that this continues, i guess an alternative less homophobic site is the way to go - someone mentioned 'nibble' something - i'm checking alternatives out and will comment back if i find something



Anonymous said...

@LIBRARY VIXEN Sorry to hear about your blog. You are correct, it is not only gay blogs being put under review. It isn't even just adult blogs. I found while looking around in the Blogger Help discussion boards, that blogs of all sorts were being locked out. I suspect a blog crawler has not been programmed well enough and needs more work on the algorithms. There is no specific set of blogs being locked out that I can find at the moment. Be Careful on WordPress...they are not reliable when it comes to Adult blogs. Get back to me if you have any trouble there. I may be able to help.

Anonymous said...

@ NICK Nick, sorry to hear about your blog. If you haven't read my post of Sept 13th, please do so. I was able to get my gay adult blog unlocked by Google Blogger and I explain how I did it in this post. You might be interested in giving it a try.

colin said...

my blog gaypornobsession.blogspot.com has been locked for one month (four unlock requests)

Anonymous said...

@ COLIN Yes, I do have your blog listed. Sorry it has been closed. Colin, please follow my directions of Sept. 13th and go to the blogger forum and ask that your blog be unlocked. It worked for me. If you have any questions, either leave a comment here or email me. Good luck!

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