Another Google Change At JMG

A couple of months ago, Google began redirecting some readers to Blogspot addresses that ended in the country code of the user. Last night they added Canada, France, and several others to that list.

Google explains:

Q: Why is this happening?
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.

Most readers will see no change, but for those of us using non-Google add-ons such as the comment provider we use at JMG, comments may not be available in the countries affected by the change. There is a work-around for that.

Q. Can users outside of the United States still access the service’s .com domains?
A. Yes, we allow anyone to view the .com version of a Blogger blog by typing: http://[blogname] – which always goes to the .com version of the blog. The “no country redirect” (ncr) will temporarily prevent Blogger from redirecting readers to the local version of the blog.

For now, I recommend that those affected add “/ncr” to the JMG URL and save that new address in your bookmarks. We should have a more permanent fix shortly.

RELATED: As I’ve mentioned here in the past, JMG remains on Blogger (for now) due to persistent hacking attempts by our enemies. Such attacks have brought down other well-known gay/progressive sites and destroyed their archives, but I’m told that to get to JMG on Blogger, the entire service would have to come down.