Thursday, May 31, 2007

And More LJ..

Interesting climbdown.

I guess that one can be chalked up as another, albeit belated, victory for the users in web 2.0 culture - rather as with AACS and Digg.

It also makes it fairly plain that LJ's main worry was probably the appearance of locked communities to advertisers (where the visble content is mainly the "interests" - such as rape or paedophilia - rather than serious legal worries. Or perhaps that's too cynical.)

"We have always been strong supporters of free speech and at the same time we believe deeply that children deserve special protections as well as the victims of violence and hate. ... One could say that no matter what we did we would either be accused of opposing free speech or endangering children but I am sure we should and could have done this much better. "

I have a lot of sympathy:-)

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