February 24, 2015

Google Praised For Cutting Porn & Sexual Exploitation

UPDATE: Google recanted their policy on February 27th (see new policy here) and will continue to allow pornography. See NCSE Statement here.

Statement by National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins

Washington, DC – On Monday, February 23, 2015, Google announced a major change to their content policy on Blogger, prohibiting sexually explicit images and videos or displays of graphic nudity on Blogger. Google noted that videos that use nudity in an artistic, educational, or scientific context would be allowed to remain when the policy takes effect March 23.

In today’s world where child sexual abuse, sex slavery, and sexual violence have become rampant, Google recognizes that the promotion of pornography contributes to the growing public health crisis of exploitation. I applaud Google for stepping up as a global leader and for working to implement further cut backs to pornography and sexual exploitation.

This welcome change indicates that Google is serious about curbing sexual exploitation and continues similar changes to their advertising and app policies, which kicked out pornography in 2014.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality In Media, has listed Google or its products on its annual Dirty Dozen List for the last three years in an effort to encourage changes to the Google policies that contribute to sexual exploitation.

Thousands of people and hundreds of organizations have joined NCSE’s effort to encourage Google to change its policies on sexual exploitation. I strongly encourage the public to thank Google for these sweeping policy changes to curb sexual exploitation by sending comments to the company at EndSexualExploitation.org/Google.

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization changed its name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.

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