Google had quashed a rumour that it has collaborated with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to enable the latter to “watch” local blogs. The Mole’s Zaidi Azmi reports:
Such rumour was floated in the cyberspace when several anonymous bloggers pointed out that their domain suffixes were changed from .com to .my.
However, Google social product support manager Jessica Peleigo, through a posting in the ‘Blogger Help Forum’, informed The Mole that the change of the domain suffixes was part of Blogspot’s localization efforts.
Peleigo explained that the country-specific domain expansion that is currently being experienced by blogspot users were done in order to provide more support for managing content locally.
“Blog owners will not see any visible differences in their blog, but readers may notice a country-specific domain depending on their country of origin.
“The country-specific domain should correspond to the country where the user is currently located.
“Blog authors and/or owners will continue to manage and edit their content from Blogger.com,” she wrote adding that customs domains will not be affected by such change.
Peleigo added, users who wish to view the .com version of a Blogger blog can still do so by typing: http://%5Bblogname%5D.blogspot.com/ncr – 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.
“You can do this as well for a single post URL, placing /ncr/ just after the country-specific domain to access the individual post. For instance, [blogname].blogspot.com/examplepage should be entered as [blogname].blogspot.com/ncr/examplepage,” Peleigo wrote.
So far, there are 28 countries currently undergoing the country-specific domain changes including Malaysia, Peru, Moldova, Qatar and Serbia.
Earlier today, a prominent anonymous blogger, ‘A Voice’, through his latest posting, ‘Big Brother MCMC watching over you’, expressed his suspicion of such change.
He was of the opinion that Blogspot “might have come out with some collaboration with MCMC.”
“Could it be that all the storage of bloggers’ posting is now in Cyberjaya?
“It could send the fear to anonymous bloggers on Blogspot platform that their identity and information is no more as secured as using American .com domain.
“The local authority may not have reached a collaboration with WordPress yet, maybe later days.
“It could be unnecessary. After all, the Act governing MCMC is heard due for an amendment. Expect it to be politicsed as cover-up for PM for 1MDB and 2.6 billion alleged donation,” the blogger wrote.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from MCMC told The Mole that the rumored ‘collaboration’ between MCMC and Blogspot was not true.
He said that he did not received any notifications from his higher-up on matters pertaining to the supposed collaboration.
He added that even if concerned bloggers has had their domain changed from .com to .my, their blogs are still managed by Blogspot and not by the MCMC.