If you have a blog hosted by Google, you might want to check and make sure it still exists.
One blogger, artist Dennis Cooper, was horrified to find that one morning his blog - a blog he worked on and maintained for 14 years - had vanished into thin air with absolutely no warning. The only explanation he received was that "he was in violation of the terms of service agreement."
On top of that, Google also got rid of his entire Google account, including his Gmail address with important contact information such as client lists and other things that were essential for his work.
That's about all we know. We don't know what was in violation and Google's not talking or cooperating. All Cooper could do was vent his frustrations on Facebook, where he has been posting about the issue regularly since June 28 when the blog was disabled.
So when the internet saw Cooper's pleas, some started to take action on Cooper's behalf. On top of all the media attention, PEN America, an organization that stands to protect the freedom of expression, took on the task of hounding Google and writer Mark Doten began a Change.org petition to try and get the blog back.
Still, Google isn't talking. Here's the latest update from Cooper:
What do you think? Why would Google take this blog down? Is it just a glitch? Is it censorship? Honest mistake or some type of conspiracy? Let me know your thoughts by posting in the comments below.