LiveJournal: When the LJ abuse prevention team become the abusers, who will protect the LJ users?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

LJ Abuse, Child Porn, and Pedophilia

LJ owners Six Apart have just acquired Splashblog. I wonder if Six Apart will start to look at fixing the problems with their existing services, or if they’ll just extend those problems to the new services they acquire?

To return to my topic: LJ Abuse, Child Porn, and Pedophilia.

So far we've seen LJ Abuse shut people down for some pretty questionable reasons, and refuse to answer those people's questions in any relevant way. Here's another case where the LiveJournal Abuse Team went in over the top -- can they tell the difference between art and child pornography?

"We have investigated the images in question and determined the the person in them, Eva Ionesco, was under the age of 18 when they were taken. As such the images fall under the description of the child pornography under the United States law, and therefore we were forced to terminate your account per policies in the afore-mentioned document."

Another fine example of LJ Abuse team volunteers pretending to have a clue about the law, which states that the photo must depit or clearly suggest sexually explicit conduct.

The images in question were art photography scanned from a book published in the USA by a US publisher. You can buy it on Amazon.com. Exercising a little intelligence, or taking the enormous step of asking a lawyer (Six Apart does have lawyers?), would have disabused LJ abuse of the notion that it was "child pornography."

Given all that you may be thinking, at least LiveJournal is free from nasty child porn, pedophiles, and horrible things we don't want to see.

User thetrenchcoat is one of many users reporting pedophiles on LJ to find that LJ Abuse doesn't mind pedophiles. "Users are entitled to post about topics that may be abhorrent to much of the general population, so long as they do not cross the line into solicitation or instruction of illegal acts."

What's this, LJ Abuse standing up for freedom of speech? Surely not!!

Well no, not. Not unless you're a pedophile or you're calling someone else a pedophile. If you display political graphics which are offensive to some, if you write about someone who is harassing you, if you post a photo of a minor from an art book, if you laugh at people dressed up in bad anime costumes, then your freedom of speech is not so important and they'll suspend you.

Walk carefully on LiveJournal, you never know where the lines are drawn.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Jam said...

No wonder they need ads to make any money.

4:26 PM

 
Blogger Alleykitten said...

Well, LJAbuse has quite a few problems distinguishing one thing from another (or one person from another).

4:39 PM

 
Blogger cdaae13 said...

Because god forbid they check the e-mail address associated with the account before assuming it belongs to someone else and suspend it.

4:58 PM

 
Blogger Path to the Truth said...

Ms. Daae, don't you know that would require actual WORK on their part, rather than just their normal routine of pulling 'facts' and 'laws' out of their asses?

5:54 AM

 
Blogger cdaae13 said...

Forgive me, what WAS I thinking?

4:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe 6A lets them get away with all this.

4:38 PM

 
Anonymous RJ said...

That's so sick.

8:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6A is a bunch of absolute clowns. Also, as a combo reply to another post here, why would ANYONE in their right mind let someone who's effectively the CEO of Livejournal try and get legislation passed?!

6:53 AM

 

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