Google starts country-specific content filtering on Blogger

Google starts country-specific content filtering on Blogger

So, do we assume that online giants like Google and Twitter, have finally bowed down to the wishes of the countries (including US and India), eager to enforce regulations on the internet?

Although it’s too early to say for sure, but less than a week after a similar move by micro-blogging site Twitter, Internet giant Google has rolled out plans to make content on its blogger platform selectively available, depending on the local rules of each country.

Google’s blogging service -- Blogger – launched in 1999, said the rules will be applicable in many countries, including India, Brazil, Honduras, and Germany etc.

Notably, Google plans to roll the new country specific restrictions globally as well.

What the new country-specific content filtering on Blogger means:

If a blogger blog, has content in violation to the laws of a particular country; then that particular content or the entire blog will not be accessible in the said country.

That apart, Google will now be able to restrict content in individual countries pursuant to requests by the local legal authority. The move will not affect the accessibility of the blog elsewhere in the world. This will allow Google to block content only in those countries, whose laws, find the content illegal.

Google plans to deploy country-specific URL scheme on Blogger

In order to make the country specific content filtering easy for it; Google said it is deploying a country-specific uniform resource locator ( URL) scheme for its blogger platform, which will be redirected to a country-code top level domain, or 'ccTLD', in the coming weeks.

For instance, all the blogger blogs originating in India, will be redirected to, .in , the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for India. This obviously, will enable blogger to block in India, the content in violation to Indian laws. --------

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