Google and the Two-Class Blog Policy

    February 22, 2007

Lots of sites reporting news that Google has taken down a Blogger blog, after it posted a death threat against a New Zealand politician.

Google spokeswoman Victoria Grand today said the weblog was taken down this morning after a complaint from the Ministry of Social Development. She said it was not just yesterday’s death threat that prompted the site shutdown, but that Google believed it was repeat violation of site rules.

That’s all fine and dandy, but Google doesn’t move as quickly – or at all – for regular requests. I’ve worked with a few people that were victims of Blogger blogs posting libelous or threatening information, yet when I approached Google, they did nothing about it.

If you’re going to have a policy in place, make it available to all who complain. Don’t just simply keep caving to the requests of government bodies, it makes you look like their (rhymes with) witch!




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