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Censorship? Wha?

OK, I have a 20 minute ride home from work. In that time, could someone please explain to me what the fuck's going on with Livejournal, why people's accounts are getting deleted, and where the fucking announcement was over this?

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sarajayechan
May. 31st, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Basically, this website called Warriors for Innocence got its panties in a knot over people with the words incest/pedophilia/chan/etc in their interests, people reported comms and individual journals and now there's a mass panic. It's better explained here.
hezul
May. 31st, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
There has been no official announcement, which is part of the reason people are getting so worked up.

There's a fair amount of information here. Basically: some communities and individual journals have been deleted. Most of them contained things like "incest" or "rape" in the interests list; while a few are genuine pedophile hangouts, there were also fannish communities, a few RP journals, and other purely fictional journals that got busted, as well as a Spanish-language community for discussion of the novel Lolita. I've heard that at least one of the individual journals had the keywords listed because they were a survivor of incest/rape, or that there was a support group that got nailed or something, but I don't know the truth behind that one.

The probable cause seems to be that some rightwing bunch of vigilantes, calling themselves "Warriors for Innocence," have been putting pressure on companies that advertise with LJ; LJ has deleted journals that were reported without verifying the nature of the content therein.

No post has gone up in news to explain this, as of my typing this comment; in response, people have been leaving comments on the last post made, starting on page six and going over page seventy as of this comment.
superbus
May. 31st, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
There was an "official" announcement... to CNet.

I'm addressing this in my journal as I speak.
hezul
May. 31st, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I saw that, but I want an official response here, on LJ, where it belongs.

If they have time to talk to the media, they should have time to tell their own userbase what the fuck is going on.

I am Very Unimpressed with LJ today.
superbus
May. 31st, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
The irony?

It took a long time... but this is the first seriously negative consequence of the Six Apart buyout.

Think of how this reeks of corporate involvement.
hezul
May. 31st, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
I didn't give a shit when they redesigned the update page, for all that every other LJer was bitching about how horrible it was. This, on the other hand? So not on.
superbus
May. 31st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Exactly. Everyone pitched a fit and made emo tears when SA bought out LJ, for nothing in reality.

The REAL irony? They're misdirecting their anger. They're all going after this individual pressure group. I believe the entry on that site that says that even the person that made the pressure is a little disturbed at the way this was handled. This is on Six Apart and LJ Abuse. And even a LITTLE education is in order for the masses.
swordsaint0
May. 31st, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
How typical: religious blockheads grunting and slobbering over shit that doesn't concern them. Again.

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