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Violet Blue (for it is she):

Now, if you’re thinking that someone who posts porn or offensive content shouldn’t be doing that anyway, I promise you eventually will find out how idiotic that response is – the hard way.

And you’re not a Delicious user.

(I rewrote the complete mishmash of the first paragraph so it makes sense. Violet Blue needs an editor.)

Even after alleged “update,” Delicious’s new terms still state that the owner “reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to any [c]ontent… that [it], it its sole discretion, considers to be objectionable for any reason.”

Here are the results of a quick search of Delicious tags that will almost invariably lead to pages that somebody you don’t like, or vice versa, could label as porn:

  • /Fleshbot: 242

  • /Dudesnude: 24

  • /Guys with iPhones: 55, most of them mine

  • /BigMuscle: 389; /BigMuscleBears: 9

  • /Gaydar.co.uk: 7 (/gaydar results are too mixed to assess); /GayRomeo: 56

  • /Randy Blue: 131; /Sean Cody: 49; /Corbin Fisher: 13 (one could continue through the entire Wikipedia list of studios)

For comparison purposes, here are some ringer candidates, namely the /~tube sites: X 2,104, Porno 286. Those are the sort of sites straight people think of when you say “porn.” These are the same people who consider gay men’s online profiles, which are so bog-standard we don’t bat an eyelash at them, as falling into the same category. They don’t.

If you exclude /~tube sites’ and possibly Fleshbot’s, the only tags remotely classifiable as pornographic are those used by gay males. If Delicious’s new owners follow their own terms of service, they’ll ban users who linked to /~tube sites, an action that will affect every category of user. But the owners must also specifically target tags used only by gays. By any standard that would constitute unequal treatment, or, stated another way, illegal discrimination.

It is very easy to imagine that certain heterosexualists would consider gay a “reason” why “content” is “objectionable.” Delicious’s new terms require you to back up your links, so if a malicious religious fundamentalist somehow gets write access to the core database for a couple of days, gay-related links could be deleted forever with no in-house backup from which to restore them.

But that couldn’t possibly happen, could it? Everyone who works in Silicon Valley is liberal and believes in freedom of speech. What few of these committeed freedom fighters believe in are cock pics in fags’ public profiles. Those are a problem to be solved. Install the right operatives and the problem could be. It’s your fault you bookmarked something straight people find “objectionable.”

I’m sure Delicious’s new owners were not intentionally attracting a lawsuit they would be unlikely to win.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2011.05.08 14:02. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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