I repost here the comment I have made on this blog as the original post made me think of more facets to this story and I think this is really important as well:
As I see it, it will only too often lead to completely legitimate blogs being removed/unlisted without a warning, especially since thereâ€™s no way for a blog owner to see if his/her blog has been flagged and home many times, and I suspect blogger itself hasnâ€™t decided yet how many times a blog should be flagged to take action on it.
Re: â€œFor example, could a pro-choice blog be taken down by an organised anti-abortion email campaign of â€œvisit this blog and flag itâ€?â€ – imagine a worse possibility, an eejit with too much spare time on his hands surfing from blog to blog and flagging everything he sees simply for fun – lovely eh? It doesnâ€™t take a campaign or a spammer to cause trouble so.
Re: â€œcarrying the navbar is a small price to pay for free hosting, particularly as the alternative would probably be carrying advertisingâ€ – I have news for you. Even without the bar, youâ€™re still carrying Bloggerâ€™s ad on your blog – look at your sidebar and thereâ€™s the button there that by TOS youâ€™re not supposed to remove either. I didnâ€™t mind the toolbar the way it was but the â€œFlagâ€ button is definitely more than Iâ€™d like to see on my blogs.
All in all, this looks either as a very poorly thought out attempt to get the users to do Bloggerâ€™s work for free – without thinking what might come out of it and weighing all the pros and cons – or the beginning of censorship in the Internet – something Iâ€™d hate to see ever happenâ€¦