The other day, Google told all of its Blogger users that XXX content would result in the termination of a person's account (although existing sites with adult content would be permitted to remain as long as they were set to private). The ban was to have taken place on March 23.
Now Google has altered its position. Only sites that sell porn will be targeted for termination.
"We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities," explained Jessica Pelegio, Google's social product support manager. "So rather than implement this change, we've decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn."
She added: “Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as “adult” so that they can be placed behind an “adult content” warning page.”
The Andrew Christian Trophy Boys are back! And this time it's not just underwear they're wearing, but loads and loads of glitter! Talk about sparkle overload! (And you know they'll be digging glitter out of their nether regions for months to come!)
Brent Corrigan joins last week's winner, Topher DiMaggio, in the quarter-finals. Who will finish off the threesome?
Brandon Jones is an expert fucker who has had a lot of experience in the industry. Sean Zevran is a total hunk with a dick you could ride for days. And Seth Santoro has a smile that says he's into anything you are.
Click the pics to see each contender's galleries, then vote for your favorite.
Brandon Jones: He's a veteran of gay porn, and knows how to be the perfect top or bottom!
Sean Zevran: He's hot and muscular, but it's his massive cock that will really get your attention!
Seth Santoro: Don't let that smile fool you; he's a total horndog!
Who is the HOTTEST?
Winners advance to the QUARTER-FINALS:
Brent Corrigan: Quarter-finalist!
Topher DiMaggio: Quarter-finalist!
Last Week's RUNNERS UP:
Denis Vega: Runner-up to quarter-finalist Brent Corrigan!
Dylan Knight: Runner-up to quarter-finalist Brent Corrigan!
It seems to be universally accepted that this year's Oscars was a bit of a dud. The show was long. Many of the speeches were boring. And aside from a nearly naked Neil Patrick Harris, there wasn't nearly enough man flesh to keep us interested.
Enter MrMan. The site has created the Manatomy Awards, giving kudos to the best in male nudity on TV and film.
MrMan.com explained: "We’ve catalogued all the scenes, and awarded naked celebrities the highest, hardest honors in categories like Best Picture, Best Full Frontal, Best Butt, Best Gay Scene, and more! Plus, one Hollywood hunk is taking home the Lifetime Skinchievement Award for best nudity throughout his film career!"
Last year Google banned XXX companies from advertising through its AdWords program. This year, it plans to stop anyone using Blogger, a popular free blogging platform, from sharing pictures and videos that are sexually explicit.
Google sent out a warning to Blogger clients yesterday that they have until March 23 to remove all sexually explicit images from their sites. The reason for the change was not explained.
Existing blogs that are not cleansed will not be removed; instead Google will switched them to the "private" setting so that they are no longer searchable online. However, any new blog with explicit images that is not set to "private" by its editor will be deleted by Google.
Nude photos of an artistic or educational nature will be permitted. (Let's just hope Google doesn't rely on the same moderators as Facebook, who seem to find two men kissing or women breastfeeding to be objectionable.)
“If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog's text and images using Google Takeout,” Google advised.
Until now, Google had no issue with adult content on Blogger. In fact, its policy was porn-positive. "Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression,” the policy said.
On the one hand this is a very powerful strike against a company that says it values freedom of expression. On the other hand, the new policy will remove thousands of sites that are sharing pirated material.
“Each of the models has been extremely popular with our members, and I’m overjoyed that they will be filming with us exclusively for another year,” said Stephan Sirard, president of Next Door Studios. “These guys bring a one-of-a-kind energy to the set that translates really well on camera. They are representative of our vision at Next Door Studios to provide our members with masculine, muscular men, who have passionate gay sex.”
Arad is the newest studs at Next Door, with only four videos under his belt. With his new contract, fans are promised a lot more action from him.
At the other end of the experience spectrum is Torque, who has appeared in over 60 videos. He's been out of the picture for just over a year, but has decided to return to the industry. His first new scene will go live on NextDoorBuddies and NextDoorWorld on March 5.
“We’ve had so many requests from members to bring Johnny back as an exclusive,” Sirard said. “He has a huge fan base, and I’m thrilled to have him back with us for another year.
“We have a lot of really exciting plans for the next year and these four exclusives will play a big part in bringing our vision to life. We have spent a lot of time interacting with our members to find out exactly what they are looking for, and I expect that they will be very pleased with the direction we are taking."
And over at AEBN's Falcon Studios, Chris Bines has agreed to work as an exclusive model. Bines will be added to the Falcon Studios Group "A-Team," and for the foreseeable future, he will appear "exclusively" in Falcon, Raging Stallion and Hot House releases.
“Chris Bines is amazing with his hot body, great assets and his versatile dynamic performances," explained Falcon / Raging Stallion President Chris Ward. "I’ve been interested in signing him since we first started working with him, but the timing wasn’t right for his career until now.
"With the amazing scenes that he’s already shot for us and what we have planned for him in the near future, he’s going to be on his way to mega star status. He’s the whole package, and I am excited to expose more gay porn fans to his remarkable work.”
On Sunday night, Graham Moore took away the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He won for penning the biopic The Imitation Game.
The movie is the true life story of Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science and a necessarily closeted gay man. During World War II, Turing played a pivotal role in defeating the Nazis as the lead mathematician in the British project to decipher the highly complex Enigma codes used by the German armed forces. Following the war, however, he was prosecuted for and convicted of homosexual acts. He later committed suicide.
Moore has stated that Turning was a kindred spirit. And when he gave his Oscar acceptance speech, it sounded like he, too, was gay.
"I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere," he said, after telling the crowd that he had contemplated suicide when he was 16. "Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different."
Then backstage, he added: "“I’ve been obsessed with Alan’s story since I was a teenager. ... He was a tremendous hero of mine. Alan always seemed like the outsider’s outsider in his own time for so many reasons. Because he was the smartest man in every room that he entered. Because he was a gay man at a time when that was not simply frowned upon, but also illegal. And then, because he was keeping all these secrets for the government.
"He was a guy who was apart from society for so many different reasons, but because he was apart from society he was able to see the world in a way that no one else had, and I found that incredibly inspirational.”
But no, that doesn't mean Moore is gay.
"I'm not gay, but I've never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much," he later told Buzzfeed. "I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own and that's what always moved me so much about his story."
If you still haven't seen the movie, you really should. It is an important piece of queer history, and an amazing film.
When Ricky Martin started his singing career, it was as part of the boyband Menudo. He was 12 years old.
Now 43, Martin is planning to return to his roots. He is joining up with Simon Cowell to find the next Latino boyband. (Will the group become as big as Cowell's current hit, One Direction?)
“I am very excited to be a part of this innovative program, together with Simon Cowell,” said Ricky Martin. “Our community needs musical projects in order to cultivate its talents; which is why I feel it’s the perfect moment for a show like La Banda. There is so much talent to be discovered and I’m sure we’ll find the next musical phenomenon with the help of not only the judges but also the fans.”
La Banda will search for Spanish-speaking male singers from the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. Martin will be one of the judges and executive producers for the show, and he will go on to manage the five-person group.
Because the world needs another singing competition? We say Si! (as long as they are all over 18, hot and appear naked at some time during the show).