Saturday, 12 March 2011

Flickr takes down Egyptian Bloggers images from Secret Service

Tech Crunch reports: Flickr Confirms Taking Down Egyptian Blogger’s Photos, Cites Community Guidelines Violation:

"Egyptian blogger Hossam Arabawy came into possession of a CD from the raid and has been uploading a set of Secret Service officer pics to Flickr for the past week. Arabawy posted on his on blog that Flickr removed the photos yesterday, citing copyright infringement. Arabawy’s post led to NPR’s Andy Carvin asking Flickr for a response to the accusations of censorship."

As a group we have made our opinion of Flickr pretty obvious. We feel that since the Yahoo! purchased and established a strict filter system, Flickr is simply too censored and too centrally controlled to function as a true social network. We don't even consider Flickr to be a social media technology anymore. This is very sad because up to 2006 Flickr was evolving as a vital public forum. During the 2006 Lebanon war and 2006 US elections Twitter was a vital place for public debate. But when the new community standards were imposed by Heather Champ's team. Since that time the site has become useless as a community platform. When Heather left Flickr some people had hoped the situation might improve, but it seems not to have.

But even for Flickr deleting the work of Hossam Arabawy is not only pathetic, it shows a pathological need for control and failure to understand the global social networking. It was also bad business. Yahoo! is not only an immoral company, they are just stupid Capitalist. Facebook, YouTube, Google and Twitter are receiving wonderful PR right now for the support they gave to the heroes of Tahrir Square. Why Flickr would decide to slap one of these in the face like this is utterly beyond reason, moral integrity, and even sanity.

Clearly something is deeply and profoundly broken within the administration of Flickr, and it probably can not be fixed by now.

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