Benjamin Juang (ibneko) wrote,
Benjamin Juang
ibneko

Livejournal drama, part II

They've learned. =^^= And have posted another news post: http://news.livejournal.com/99515.html

So suspensions have been reversed for those that fall in the following categories:
1. All Fandom journals
2. All fiction journals
3. All journals who that had problems in their profile only
as per news post.

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now, hm, personal thoughts on the issue:
I dislike censorship. A lot.

With the recent ALTIC issue, I had flat out refused to remove stuff upon Gordon's request, but when John called (and asked quite politely), I agreed and removed stuff promptly. Why? I'm not too sure. I suppose it might have been because it's not directly his stuff, and I didn't quite draw the connection between him and this then-unknown John person. Plus, I got yelled at. Although that might have been after I refused to remove stuff. Hmm. I don't remember anymore... I ramble. Ok, onto LiveJournal.

...I think LiveJournal was wrong with their instant reflex of removing stuff. Although it's hard to say - we don't know what they were threatened with, if anything. But I approve of their post-chaos reaction - or at least the reactions I've seen - the two news articles so far indicate that they are sorry, and working on fixing things. Of course, I suppose it was a shock to many to discover that yes, there are idiots out there who can censor your stuff, that even LiveJournal isn't immune to being talked into being stupid once in a while.
Remember, a while back, there was a string of hexidecimal numbers? and anyone that waved that number around got censored? Notably there was a bit on digg too, where after articles that contained that number got deleted, people posted article after article, until the entire front page was covered. At that point, digg backed down and said, more or less, "ok, we understand that you guys would rather we go down fighting - we don't remove those articles anymore". Seems history is repeating itself already... a trend?
Tags: censorship, lj
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