Tag Archive: livejournal

Pro-Ana rears it’s ugly head

‘You can’t save people from themselves’:

This about just one of the many scourges on the internet that I talk about but this one has nothing to do with crime per se. This has to do with websites that proclaim that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are not diseases but ‘lifestyle choices’.

That’s right. You heard me correctly. There are people out there who actually believe that disorders like anorexia are not only good but are a viable alternative to…you know…eating.

The article sort of poses the question should pro-ana and pro-mia sites be censored. Now if you mean censored in the way that they should be outlawed by the government then no. If you mean censored in the way that webhosts like Livejournal, MySpace, and Xanga should shut them down for violating their TOS then yes.

But places like MySpace, LiveJournal, and Xanga do not want to shut these groups down. They claim that it’s free speech but we all really know what it’s about. They don’t want to alienate a part of their userbase that click on their advertisements which in turn makes them money. Never mind if a few people end up killing themselves over what they call a lifestyle choice, there’s money to be made from those skeletons.

Webhosts like MySpace and the like need to be more personally responsible instead of financially responsible. If these groups were to be shut down would it really hurt the bottom line?

If there was a pro-suicide group would the webhosts allow those? Because claiming that eating disorders are a choice is basically the same thing.

Potter porn portrayers up in arm about LiveJournal deletions

LiveJournal users fight erotic ‘Harry Potter’ deletions:

The LiveJournal Harry Potter sex fans are revolting in their parents’ basements again over some more deletions of accounts that in my opinion were long overdue by LJ.

LiveJournal users who patronize sex-themed Harry Potter fan art and fiction communities–and a host of other concerned users–are revolting a second time over account suspension notices they say are unpredictable and trample on their free-expression rights.

The most recent saga over user-generated Harry Potter artwork appears to have started late last week, when at least two users, “ponderosa121” and “elaboration,” reported receiving notices from a LiveJournal abuse team member who informed them that their accounts had been “permanently suspended.” (One user tracking the situation says an “undetermined” number of other Harry Potter artists have also been suspended in recent weeks, but we’ve yet to get official confirmation on that.)

The reason for the deletions? The users’ journal entries contained “drawings depicting minors in explicit sexual situations,” which represented a violation of LiveJournal’s policies, according to copies of the letters posted by their recipients.

In ponderosa121’s case, the offending image depicted an unclothed Harry Potter of ambiguous age receiving oral sex from sometimes-villain Severus Snape. The image posted by elaboration, who describes herself on an external site as a 21-year-old Atlanta sometimes-resident with a fondness for “zombies, pie and cold pizza,” showed the twin brothers of Ron Weasley, Harry’s good friend, in their own intimate moment. There were no ages listed in the fantasy images, however, so they could have been meant to depict the lads when they were 18 years old.

Now let’s see what the basement dwellers had to say…

One user who goes by the name Guma Kawauso argued that by that logic, people could face journal shutdowns for posting images by the renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whose common themes were flowers, portraits of famous people and nudes–which encountered charges of “pandering obscenity.”

“‘Obscenity’ is the perfect tool to weed out everything that doesn’t fit in a nice, clean, straight, male-dominated and preferably white world,” charged a user named erestor.

Except we’re not talking about Mapplethorpe. We’re talking about bizarre sexual fetish drawings (I refuse to call then art) of underage characters that someone else invented.

“The policy makes LJ an unwelcoming environment for sexual expression and experimentation, which is a change; in the past, LJ has been a valuable environment for many groups who are expressing, experimenting with, or identifying as non-normative sexualities to speak free of constraints which are often backed by patriarchical [sic], racist, classist, or heterosexist behavioral norms,” another user, who goes by the moniker “coffeeandink,” wrote in a recent entry.

This is the same argument I used to see in the LJ Pedo forums. Hey, if the Furries want to get their freak on at LJ I have no problem with that as long as it only involves adults. Any kind of sexual activity that takes place on LJ should not in any way, shape, or form involve children real or imagined.

Harry Potter fans in general creep me out but these “fan artists” wrote the book on creep. Or should I say stole the book on creep then put the creep characters in sexual situations. Anyway these fan artists are uber-creepy. Not only that but LJ and its parent company SixApart are a private company and have the right to banish any material they see fit. With their userbase I doubt they’ll even miss the Harry Potter porn freaks.

LiveJournal takes a step forward

Livejournal Bans Underage Adult Fanfiction:

It seems that LiveJournal/SixApart has finally taken a step closer to reality by banning fanfiction that has underage characters (i.e. children) engaging in sexual situations. In other words they’re banning child porn erotica.

Six Apart has been firming up its policies on legal and illegal content, and this time mature-themed stories with underaged characters are in the spotlight. Livejournal personnel posted today that there is a “zero-tolerance policy” in effect for specific categories of posts and behaviors. Alongside material that “encourages or advocates hate crimes, rape, or child abuse or pedophilia,” and ” material that asks for assistance in committing illegal activities that cause serious physical/economic harm,” certain types of fiction are also banned as (allegedly) illegal under U.S. law.

Specifically Livejournal has stated: “This includes threats of physical harm against the President or other executive officers, child pornography (photos or videos), or other material — including drawings and text — that explicitly depicts minors under the age of 18 (real or not) in a graphic sexual context. Or, in other words: Romeo and Juliet is okay. Teens talking about their experiences with sex is okay. Smut focused on a twelve year old is not okay.”

You can see more information about it at LJ Biz.

So far no mass revolt from LJ users. Just a lot of questions.

And on a personal note to the people who write sexually charged Harry Potter fanfic, get help. Seriously, you need help.

LiveJournal’s backpedaling continues

The other day I posted about how LiveJournal had not purged all of its pedophiles. I notified LiveJournal of a disturbing account of one of their users who professed to wanting to have sex with a 9-year-old girl he babysits. The following is LJ’s response…

Dear LiveJournal user,

Thank you for your report. As we have posted in our News journal, http://news.livejournal.com, LiveJournal is currently reviewing our policy regarding matters such as these. We wanted to let you know that your report will be evaluated once this review is complete.

Regards,
Helen
LiveJournal Abuse Team

I get the feeling this is going to be more of the same from LJ.

LiveJournal, where pedophiles flourish.

LiveJournal missed a few

Rob from Steaming Pile of Blog left me a comment about the recent “purge” of pedophiles from LiveJournal. Apparently LiveJournal missed a few accounts of some pedophiles. Rob sent me the link to one of the accounts that was still standing. It was a rather disturbing account about how a “man” who was babysitting a 9-year-old girl and went into graphic detail about he wanted to have sex with her.

I’ve reported it to LiveJournal. Let’s see how long they take to do anything about it.

LiveJournal’s pedophile revolt

Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt:

A site by the name of Warriors for Innocence has done something that I’ve been trying to do for years. They convinced LiveJournal to finally delete all the pedophile journals and communities that they were guilty of hosting. For years LiveJournal tried to defend the pedophiles by claiming free speech. At the time I didn’t realize that LiveJournal is a branch of the government. But it seems they’ve finally come to their senses.

LiveJournal, which is owned by San Francisco-based Six Apart, confirmed Wednesday that it deleted around 500 journals this week in hopes of better “protecting children.” It said the deletion was prompted by activist groups, including one called Warriors for Innocence that claims to track sites promoting pedophilia, the sexual abuse of minors, and other illegal activities.

500? That’s weaker than MySpace’s 7,000 sex offenders. But it’s a start.

Of course we have people complaining about it…

Some deleted LiveJournal communities went by names like childlove and little_children (a community permits multiple LiveJournal users to post entries, while an individual account is limited to one user). Others, however, broadly fall into the category of science fiction, fantasy or user-written “fandom” stories–and it is those that have sparked the outcry.

“As a queer, feminist writer who explores the darker aspects of human nature, many of my stories deal with incest, rape and child molestation,” a LiveJournal member named “bitterfig” wrote. “As such, I belonged to and contributed to several of the communities which have been suspended and frankly I’m pretty offended. I don’t like being lumped in with rapists and pedophiles and other ‘monsters on the Web.'”

One now-deleted group called “pornish_pixies” focused on fan-written fiction, frequently sexually explicit, about characters in the Harry Potter novels. “The distinction between fiction and non-fiction could not be made any clearer in a place like the Harry Potter fandom, and this oversteps the boundaries that the LiveJournal abuse team has,” said a pornish_pixies member who identified herself as Maria in an e-mail. (A related group, “erotic_elves,” has survived the purge.)

That just sounds like erotica for pedophiles if you ask me.

The infamous LiveJournal abuse team had this to say about the mass (can you call 500 out of 13M mass?) deletions…

For its part, LiveJournal’s abuse staff has defended pulling the plug on the communities by saying: “Material which can be interpreted as expressing interest in, soliciting or encouraging illegal activity places LiveJournal at considerable legal risk.”

Which is 180 degrees from what they told me two years ago…

Dear LiveJournal User thetrenchcoat,

As explained in our previous response to you, it is neither against the Terms of Service nor illegal to discuss illegal actions, or to admit to having committed them. As long as the content posted does not solicit illegal activity, it is considered allowable under both the Terms of Service and the ideal of free speech. LiveJournal is committed to preserving as much free speech as possible for its users, as long as that speech does not cross the line into invading other users’ privacy.

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. We respectfully suggest, if the posts in this community disturb you, that you simply cease reading them.

Regards,
Morgan
LiveJournal Abuse Team

Anyway LiveJournal users are revolting (insert joke here) over claims of censorship and terminating their LJ accounts. Like LiveJournal is even going to miss you. If there are 13 Million users all those revolting won’t even be a drop in the bucket. Personally I think this would be a huge marketing gimmick for LJ. They can say “hey look we get rid of our pedophiles unlike MySpace”. You would think that would attract more users, especially parents concerned about their kids’ online safety.

However I get the feeling that LiveJournal will cave and it will be back to business as usual.

In the meantime I need to talk with the Warriors for Innocence people to see how they did it.

PedoJournal

You know I pick on MySpace, and Xanga, and once in a great while Facebook, but there’s one name that hasn’t been mentioned on this site so far. One that in my personal opinion is more dangerous than Xanga and MySpace put together. That would be LiveJournal.

Check out this interview on MSNBC with Xavier Von Erck, the director of operations of Perverted Justice…

VAN ERCK: Yahoo! recently has closed down all their teen rooms and is trying to keep teens out of their chat services. But still, they don’t have any moderators, and they can still do more.

MySpace is actually trying to play catch-up now with a staff that tries to eliminate predators from their services.

But there’s also other sites out there that are just as dangerous, such as LiveJournal, which does not have any policies restricting pedophiles from their web site. And in fact, they’ve said so publicly.

CARLSON: They have said out loud, pedophiles are welcome to use this site. Not prohibited from it.

VAN ERCK: Nothing in their terms of service restricts them.

CARLSON: Wow. That’s a little bit over the top.

Well I can do Mr. Van Erck one better than he did in this interview. Not too long ago myself and a few other crime bloggers went after LiveJournal for allowing pedophile communities to proliferate within LiveJournal. This was the response that I got…

Dear LiveJournal User thetrenchcoat,

As explained in our previous response to you, it is neither against the Terms of Service nor illegal to discuss illegal actions, or to admit to having committed them. As long as the content posted does not solicit illegal activity, it is considered allowable under both the Terms of Service and the ideal of free speech. LiveJournal is committed to preserving as much free speech as possible for its users, as long as that speech does not cross the line into invading other users’ privacy.

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. We respectfully suggest, if the posts in this community disturb you, that you simply cease reading them.

Regards,
Morgan
LiveJournal Abuse Team

So basically LiveJournal doesn’t care that there are groups of people congregating within their virtual walls that share their fantasies about having sex with their daughter with other pedophiles. True story.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to these types of situations. The first one is let them operate out in the open so law enforcement can keep better tabs on them. Or drive them back to pre-internet days where instead of a global community of pedophiles there were only pockets of them where it was even more difficult to get to our children.

LiveJournal can either do one of two things. They can clear out the pedophiles from their membership or they can make LJ age restricted to 18+. The choice is theirs. I know one man isn’t going to change their mind but I’m about to become the sand in LiveJournals’ vagina.

More Harm Than Good?

In the wake of my campaign to rid the internet of pedophile blogs I received an e-mail from Mike Schuler. He stated that he has a friend who is an agent with the FBI who says not to post the links to the sites and do not report them to the webhosts. Instead report them to the FBI. Or you can send them to Mike at mike2(at)mikeschuler.com and he will forward them to the FBI agent.

In light of this development I pulled the post where I showed the links to those blogs and forums.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t help. Like I said previously if you find any of these sites please report them to Mike or the FBI.

Livejournal hates your children

Well, I got a 2nd response from Livejournal and basically they don’t care…

Dear LiveJournal User thetrenchcoat,

As explained in our previous response to you, it is neither against the Terms of Service nor illegal to discuss illegal actions, or to admit to having committed them. As long as the content posted does not solicit illegal activity, it is considered allowable under both the Terms of Service and the ideal of free speech. LiveJournal is committed to preserving as much free speech as possible for its users, as long as that speech does not cross the line into invading other users’ privacy.

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. We respectfully suggest, if the posts in this community disturb you, that you simply cease reading them.

Regards,
Morgan
LiveJournal Abuse Team

Emphasis mine.

So Livejournal could personally care less about the safety of children. A guy talking about wanting to have sex with his own daughter is allowable under their terms of service. I wonder how the Livejournal abuse team can sleep at night. Especially considering how many kids use Livejournal. Not to mention the fact that Livejournal has had its share of killers (Rachelle Waterman, Jeff Weise, Esmie Tseng, and child molester and killer Jet Duncan) you’d think they’d try to shy away from bad publicity.

My next step is to contact LJ’s parent company Six Apart directly at contact@sixapart.com. Maybe I’ll get a decent response out of them but I’m not holding my breath.