Prrrrrrt! Policing content on blogspot

Blogspot.com, a popular blogging service, has stepped up its vigilance against offensive content in their servers.

Blogspot is a widely used blogging service owned by Google. Blogspot has added a feature called “Flags” on their Blogger Navbar which appears on the topside of Blogspot pages.

The “Flag?” button allows the blogging community to easily note questionable content, which in turn helps us take action when needed. So we’re relying on you, the users, to be our eyes on the web, and to let us know of potential issues that are important to you.

This reminds me of the feature on Friendster that says something like “report this user”. Although I felt that some of my friends’ photos were just tooooo vulgar for public consumption (…”mahiya ka naman!”), I never reported a user. I guess because I wasn’t sure if the person would know that I reported.

Blogspot Flags appears to be anonymous so far.

But wait. Doesn’t this mean the Blogspot will install a cookie in my PC and that it will have a way of telling where I, the anonymous me, have been to lately?

Am just being careful about this Google company, Blogspot, where I house my personal blogs. Hmmmm… I wonder.

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  • Ah yes splogs…but the heavier question is: what qualifies as offensive?

    BTW, you can do this for AdSense publishers too…

  • There has been some heavy criticism with Blogger about using this feature as it is very prone to abuse.

  • yeah coz anyone could mark anything as abusive even though it is not really abusive.
    and also, it would be difficult to track “abusive entries” since there are a lot of bloggers that are hosted in blogspot.

  • Maybe. I’m sure Blogspot will be looking for multiple reports before they act on a reported blog.

    I think the issue is how seemingly “restrictive” this might be to some who believe blogspot should be all open and free.

    Ako, I go by it (the flags). I think the message is: If a blogger is into porn or home-made bombs, don’t do it on blogspot. Go somewhere else.

    yun lang. 😉