Woke up this morning and found that my blogspot blog has been shifted to a .tw rather than the global .com address. Most of you are probably groggily finding out the same thing this morning.
I picked up a post several months ago on the shift in India which lead me to this Google support post. Google never said a word about this to us bloggers (UPDATE: Now I find out it was in the news two months ago). Note that they will now be removing content which they claim violates local law....
Q: Why is this happening?The effects of this on free speech rights around the world should be obvious. No wonder Google has been really quiet about this.
A: We are doing this to provide more support for managing content locally. If we receive a removal request that violates local law, that content may no longer be available to readers on local domains where those laws apply. This update is in line with our approach to free expression and controversial content, which hasn’t changed.
UPDATE: A commenter below points out that Google has now effectively outed everyone who wanted to keep their country of residence private, but nope, they haven't. The domain name depends on where you are when you read the blog.... as below....
UPDATE 2: The way it works is that everyone in a region sees the website with the .jp or .us domain. Google says the idea is that if the government of, say, Japan, objects to some content, Google can remove it from everyone who sees it from the .jp domain, but people in Australia or Canada will still see it. Sitting in Taiwan, everyone sees .tw. In Australia, it's michaelturton.blogspot.au. Google says this will preserve content and protect speech, but I don't think they've thought it through.
Nevertheless, I've decided to keep the blog open on blogspot for now.
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