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LiveJournal Faces Community Backlash for Deleting Accounts


LiveJournal faced a user backlash, when it deleted hundreds of communities, as part of its efforts to clean up pedophilia-related discussions.

Apparently, the company’s noble efforts included the removal of many fantasy communities where users share sexually-explicit fictional stories.

The mass reinstatement means that the deleted science fiction and fantasy “fandom” groups–many of which boast sexually explicit fiction written by fans about characters such as those from the Harry Potter or Buffy the Vampire Slayer universes–began reappearing Thursday.

The community retaliated and LiveJournal apologized and is in the process of reinstating the accounts that don’t violate its policy. It’s a tough decision for LiveJournal. The sites are not breaking any laws, but do violate LiveJournal’s terms of service which ban “objectionable” content.

I think we’re going to see more of this in the coming months. With state attorneys general ramping up their efforts to protect minors from internet predators, I think we’ll see a lot more social network users complaining that they’ve been the victim of overreaction or mislabeling.

  • Paula

    You missed the point. It wasn’t just sexually explicit fannish journals coming under the gun for being sexually explicit; it was any journals that had unacceptable search terms in their journal profiles that were targeted. It had nothing to do with the actual content of the journals. It’s the equivalent of the thought police. Otherwise, survivor/support journals and that one Nabokov discussion group wouldn’t have been suspended. The LJ abuse team was working off of a hit list supplied by a group who thinks it’s appropriate to display the Confederate flag on their anti-pedophilia page. There was a lot “objectionable” about this, but none of it was coming from fandom.”