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yet another WTF LJ? post

[info]perseph2hades has a post that nails the LJ debacle. Read that now, I'll wait.

My opinion is that LJ management apparently has complete fluff-for-brains and a sincere desire eject child pornography, but are not able to tell the difference between photographs of harm being done to children and drawings of fictional characters of indeterminate age.

It's all very well and good when they apologize, but then they give artists one "strike" for pictures that have been annotated with ages above 18 and/or deleted from their scrapbook but retained in the system cache!

They're going far beyond even the Bush administration, how about that? From the New York Times (reg. required): Federal Effort on Web Obscenity Shows Few Results: In the last few years, 67,000 citizens’ complaints have been deemed legitimate under the program and passed on to the Justice Department and federal prosecutors. The number of prosecutions resulting from those referrals is zero.

So much for legal obligations of LJ, because we know there's really gross stuff out there. Including videos of people being beheaded. Drawings of clearly consensual sex including fictional teenagers are not exactly a threat to anyone.

Given that LJ has screwed this up, over and over, I wonder what else they're going to do? I'm slowly reducing my dependence on LJ, crossposting to IJ, GJ, and JF and reading in that order. I have a reading filter on LJ and will be commenting on other journal systems first. It's not much, but it's something I can and will do.


Aug. 19th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
I have moved from more or less happily reading and commenting on lj, though I won't post, to feeling very uncomfortable there, which is unfortunate as so many people are unphased.
Aug. 19th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
I am so pissed off at them. But I'm not ready to leave yet. *hauls flist over here*
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
that beheading thing makes me *ill*. i just *can't* make myself post on lj at all, even lame, banal stuff like trying to get people to come to derby with me or about work or whatever. i guess i need to keep working at making ij feel like home.
Aug. 20th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
making ij feel like home.

It's still new to me, and there are boxes everywhere, and my friends seem far away. But I want to be where I'm welcome.
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
I started writing an lj post today, announcing I was divorcing livejournal, and tried to put together some kind of coherent list of links on the issues, but it's all so difficult.

I have put a fic index up here, so that's the first big step towards settling in.
Aug. 20th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Divorcing LJ, that's a way to think of it.

I will change the link from my remix so it points to your index post. TA is a lovely story and people should be able to read it!
Aug. 20th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Ack, it's not there. Are you publishing it?
Aug. 19th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links, especially the one to the NYT article. I missed that. Pretty telling, I think, that there haven't been any federal prosecutions from those 67,000 complaints reported AND that of the prosecutions that have taken place, they were for inadequate records--doesn't really speak to obscenity itself, does it? Presumptively, if not for inadequate records, whatever content was at issue may have been protected and legal.
Aug. 20th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's just boggling. Even when the ultimate goal is perfectly good -- no one sane wants to support real child porn -- both 6A and the Bush administration's attempts to get there are perverse (in the non-sexual way). They defeat the purpose, because they are so obsessed with sex as obscenity that they create a big fuss and make it that much harder to get at the real sickos who hurt kids. Typing that made me really damn angry.
Aug. 21st, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
*soothes* I understand how you feel. I'm planning (hopefully) to write a post/article on obscenity and child pornography laws and have been engaged in some legal research. One law journal article I'm reading notes, interestingly, how in past centuries, there wasn't all this stigma attached to children's sexuality, which was actually "celebrated" (according to the author.) Sexuality and abuse are two related, but distinct concepts, and the more contemporary demonization of sex (of any sort) has, it seems, made it more synonymous with abuse where children are concerned, though of course that's not always the case.