80 Percent of Blogs Contain ‘Offensive’ Content
Apparently, there is pornography and swearing out there on the blogs.
According to Scansafe’s Monthly Global Threat Report for March 2007, a surprisingly high percentage of the Internet’s blog sites — up to 80 percent — contain “offensive” content, with six percent hosting active malware. To be added to the list of those deemed potentially offensive within a business context, a site merely had to contain a single post containing profanity, or worse.
“There were as many blogs with the ‘F-word’ as the word ‘China'”, said ScanSafe’s Dan Nadir.
Indeed, I found 39,033 instances of the two used in concert. And that’s just in English; I suspect there’d be a lot more if Chinese language blogs were included.
As Techworld‘s John E. Dunn points out, though,
The figures look sensational, but overstate the seriousness of the content on many of these blog sites. As the company admits, a single swear word doesn’t in itself mean the site is a problem. What is does indicate is the extent to which the Internet has become a channel for what Nadir suggested might be a long tail of minority interests that encompass interests others would deem ‘offensive”. Companies needed to be aware of the issue, however.
Ars Technica‘s Jacqui Cheng is also dismissive of the significance of foul language on blogs.
Still, we try to be family and work friendly here at OTB. To be safe, though, you should stay away from those other blogs.