Flickr – Porn filters and the censorship

Another day and another riot.
This time, Flickr users from Germany, Singapore, Korea and Hing Kong have started a riot and have even created a anti-censorship group called “Against Censorship“.

What’s the story?
Flickr added “Safe search” filters few months back, and as expected it was an optional checkbox (i.e. if you want to mark your pics as safe/unsafe).

But, since yesterday, Flickr users in few countries (Germany, Singapore, Korea and Hing Kong) aren’t able to access the pics that are “unsafe” (aka porn pics).

I don’t understand why Flickr has to do these sorts of things – First of all, when your users love you, it’s your duty to respect and give them the basic freedom of speech/expression (hey! isn’t Internet a democratic place?).

And if you really have a problem with porn pics, develop these filters right at the beginning.

Don’t take away features/freedom from users (after all, zoomr is just a URL away)..
Morality can’t be an on-demand offering!

Does Flickr really loves you? What do you think?

[photo courtesy:drysach]
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