Protest around Flickr “censorship” increases
Yesterday night when I wrote about Flickr “enhancing” the German Service, the tag thinkflickrthink, it had 850 picture. Some 12 hours later, it is already at over 5400. The Flickr group “Against Censorship at Flickr” has over 2500 members already.
In case you are wondering how safe search looks like, “How Not to Launch a Multilingual Website: Think Flickr, Think” has a great comparison of the two.
You would assume, that Flickr actually comes out with a statement by now? Of course they have – just saying nothing at all. As quoted in the forum discussion “Statement by Flickr management” flickr has offered the following “explanation” in one of the forums (not on the blog btw, which I found interesting):
We really apologize for the delay in responding to these threads. The whole Flickr team has been in ongoing discussions, trying to hammer out a solution.
We have absolutely no intention of censoring the content on the community’s behalf. It is always been our intention that Flickr members participate to whatever extent they want and are as free as possible create their own experience. Currently, switching the SafeSearch function off is not available for German members. It is a really complex situation — we have been in deliberation on this for a while, and we had to make the decision whether or not to leave Germany and the German language out of the international launch.
The decision came down to the wire, but we decided to include Germany. We’re still hoping that that was the right decision. It definitely was not a decision that was made lightly and there is no intention to annoy, frustrate or inconvenience Flickr members in Germany. Rest assured, we do hear you loud and clearly (painfully loud, even) and are doing our best. We hope to have more to say soon.
I still can access those pages, I am with a german paid account, coming from an IP in Germany – so either way you put it, they screwed it.
Think you can silently move around and change things to avoid more trouble? Think again:
Some nice quotes from “Censorship on Flickr! The Community fights back!“:
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” –Abraham Lincoln, from the April 6, 1859 Letter to Henry Pierce
With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.
Star Trek TNG S04E21
(btw: thinkflickrthink is now 30 min later at over 6200 photos.)
Update: Read also Dirk Assbach’s text “The flickr censorship drama – my personal view”
thinkflickrthink now has 8500 photos.
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