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Flickr's new censorship system

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As most people in the blogosphere know, Flickr is a very (very) popular photo sharing site. It contains over half a BILLION images taken by people from every corner of the earth, and has become a meeting place for professional photographers, photo enthusiasts, and people who just want to share photos of their cats and kids.

Recently, Flickr decided to invoke a new filtering system, which rates photos according to their level of safety: basically rating your images G, PG-13, or XXX. Then you choose what sort of photos you want to look at (are you there for looking at kitty cats or genitalia?) and Flickr will filter them out for you.

Unfortunately, Flickr seems to be getting a bit carried away with their censorship powers. One of Flickr's most popular (and fabulous) photographers Rebekka recently had an experience where her photos were stolen and people were selling them to make a (rather large) profit. She posted her dismay on her Flickr page, and it 100,000 views later it was deleted without warning. You can hear her personal account of this story here. This was infuriating, to say the least, though they did at least admit their wrongs.

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But now, Flickr, you have upset Malingering. And Malingering isn't as nice as Rebekka, and she doesn't take photos like Rebekka, and she's much more bitter when she gets screwed over. So Malingering gets home from work yesterday to find that her photos have been deemed unsafe. Including ones like this: