More questionable suspensions
Here's another case for you, gathered from a blog and private communication.
LJ Abuse suspended an account, yellow-finch, for what they said was breach of a notice of no contact. They also suspended two other unrelated accounts, alleykitten and cdaae, because their names were similar to other journals held by yellow-finch. Suspensions are meant to be overseen by two abuse team members but neither of them looked at the IP addresses or the content of the journals to figure out that they were all different people in different places (states, timezones, continents).
After a couple of days they fixed their error and unsuspended alleykitten and cdaae. cdaae had already made herself another journal, figuring that from past example she might not gets hers back even though it was falsely suspended. Her mistake was to set her website link to point to a page on her website where she'd put up a post from her old LJ, which was linked to from the top entry on that LJ. LJ Abuse said the new LJ having the link was a breach of a no contact notice, and suspended that account and the cdaae account they had just falsely suspended and then unsuspended.
They also went in and read her friends only entries in the cdaae journal and produced one they said was another breach of the no contact notice. What is notable about both this entry and the entry they suspended yellow-finch for was that they relied on inference. Yellow-finch had an entry addressed to someone who her log files showed was refreshing her journal again and again all day, who she called a batshit insane stalker. LJ Abuse inferred that she was talking about a specific person she had a notice of no contact for. They would not explain their reasoning to her.
cdaae's entry said "I really need a good selection of abusive words for someone, which aren't basically words to describe women or animals. I'm too feminist to call people cunts as insults (and why is it that calling someone a cunt is so much worse than calling them a dick?). Bitch and cow - that's just insulting animals. I'm leaning towards 'fetid heap polluting the genepool' but it just doesn't have the same ring, does it?"
They inferred that this was about the same specific person. Lest you think people with no contact orders deserve being suspended whatever they do, they are sometimes applied in a questionable way themselves.
LJ Abuse can suspend people on grounds of what they infer, but they suspend different people's journals thinking they are the same person. If they can't figure out that these three people were different people, if two people looked at the case and didn't look to see where the people were posting from or look at all the information that would show they were different people, do we trust what they infer?
There's more to these cases, but that's an outline. The user who reported the "inference" has had upwards of 20 livejournal accounts suspended and has been harassing cdaae for more than a year. Yellow-finch's previous journal was suspended for breaching the no contact order for things posted before she got given the order, according to the reasons LJ Abuse gave her. Ain't LJ just great?
Tags: lj abuse, online privacy, livejournal, blogging