March 4, 2015

Blindsided by bloggers, anti-pornography coalition regroups (One News Now)

By Charlies Butts
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
One News Now

A coalition of anti-pornography crusaders is wondering if the word of Google can be trusted.

Last week, OneNewsNow reported that Google had agreed to eliminate pornography and advertising for porn, and from Blogger.com, after three years of discussion.

“Well, Google has now backtracked because of what they said was incredible pressure from bloggers on their bloggers site,” reports Patrick Trueman, an attorney who heads the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

The bloggers’ site is owned by Google, explains Trueman, who says “hardcore” pornography is among the websites.

Trueman says he is concerned because Google has taken major steps over the last two years to eliminate pornography, changes that have cost the Internet giant millions in revenue. Now that Google has reneged on the blogger site, the coalition is wondering if Google can be trusted to keep the rest of its commitment.

Trueman suspects the answer is, “No.”

“This decision with Blogger happened very fast – was unexpected by us,” he tells OneNewsNow. “When it was announced, the pro-pornography side got to Google en masse right away, and Google caved, so we can’t let this happen.”

National Center plans to ask Google for a meeting “to talk about the future,” which would include a commitment to honor its commitment, says Trueman.

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