80% of Blogs are Now Stuffed with Offensive Content

Apr 24, 2007 • 9:37 am | comments (2) by | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam

In a WebmasterWorld thread, Brett Tabke points us to a PC World article that mentions that up to 80% of blogs are infested with offensive content. This content includes:

  • porn
  • offensive language
  • hate posting
  • malware

The article scanned 614 blogs that were chosen randomly and states:

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.

Then again, the study only looked for a single post -- which could also be a comment -- to deem these sites offensive.

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.

But the word "China" is as prevalent as some of the most offensive words in the English language:

"There were as many blogs with the 'F-word' as the word 'China'", said ScanSafe's Dan Nadir.

Oops. What does that really say about us bloggers? :)

At the end of the day, Brett mentions that the important lesson to take from this is to be aware of this in corporate environments. I'd definitely agree.

For more information, please see the ScanSafe press release and report (PDF).

Discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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