So, if ALL of the images in an album accompanying a post get flagged, the post itself is censored until review of the IMAGES... Even if the post itself contains nothing wrong... Another policy change required here... Please re-share so this ripples as widely as possible.
#occupygpluscensorshipFlagged images get you gagged!
It's been more than 24 hours since a number of G+ers, including one concerned Googler, informed me that my original post (OP) now returns an error message saying this post no longer exists. I did not delete my OP.
The post included an album with 22 art/erotica images. Half of them have now been flagged by petty, prudish users who apparently have nothing better to do than purposely track down images that offend them. [Have a look at the screen capture while you can.]
This only serves to highlight my protest against Google's policy. According to the policy, now I am the only one who can view these images. Okay, fair enough. But I had no idea that the flagging extends to the OP.
Now, no one except me, as the owner of the OP, can access it. You cannot comment, or re-share. I have requested that Google reinstate the OP, but until that happens, if it happens...not only are the images I shared being censored, now my words have been censored as well. That feels rather harsh to me and totally unnecessary.
For those of you asked what happened, now you know. For those of you who asked how you could publicly re-share my OP, the original text is included below.If you believe in free speech and you would like to help motivate Google to institute some kind of filter mechanism, please PUBLICLY RE-SHARE this post!
It is Google's stated intent to open Google Plus to the 13+ crowd. It seems to me we should strongly encourage Google to implement filters before
they open this community to the youngsters. That way all the, ah, kinks can be worked out in advance of the teen boom.Notes:1. The typo in the hashtag of the OP has been corrected. If you create your own #occupygpluscensorship post...and I urge you to do so...this will help us group together and lobby Google.2. A number of you are receiving this directly because you participated in the great discussion on the OP, or re-shared it. Regardless of your opinion, I placed everyone in a censorship circle.Again, I ask you to please PUBLICLY RE-SHARE this post...________________________________________
If/when the OP is reinstated: http://goo.gl/qQGEWI support freedom of speechNot only in the streets of America, but also in the streams of G+
I've been living in China for over six years now. And it still never ceases to amaze (and amuse) me that the government believes it can control what people read, think and say. But, hey, it's their country and the powers that be are entitled to their indubitably doomed opinion.
Publicly, I grin and bear it. I give mianzi,
or face, to the Chinese way. Privately, I grimace and VPN the hell out of it. I have to...if I want access to information, instead of propaganda. Or when I want my G+ fix. Or even if I want to work on Google Docs.
It's my choice to continue living in China, so I live with, endure the consequences. But when I log onto G+...whether it's to dip my toes or to do a total belly flop in people's streams...I'm looking for a breath of fresh air. Not a cloud of more oppression.Censorship isn't just wrong. It's evil. Plain and simple. Period.
Now, I understand that this is Google's game and they make the rules. But that doesn't mean the rules are right. Or that they can't be changed. Or shouldn't be changed. Take the nymwars as a prime example.
The Chinese have a saying – meibanfa,
which simply means "nothing can be done." Nothing I can do. So why bother? Why make trouble for myself? Or my family? Which pretty much explains why some change in China is godawful slow. Although I personally see more and more people chaffing under the yoke each and every year.But, I'm American. Google is American. I believe in doing no evil. Google believes in doing no evil.
What's wrong with this picture?
And, I mean this...quite literally. What's "wrong" with this image? Or that image? Whose place is it to determine which image is "right" or "wrong?" Are we not all 18+ adults on Google Plus? If something is beyond the pale for you...for your tastes or your beliefs...by what right do you choose, or dictate to me, what I can read or see?
Personally, I've run out of patience with people who are flagging images. [Just now, I see that my re-share of a +Paul Roustan post with his body painting images has been flagged.] More importantly, however, I've run out of patience with Google. The policy is not only innately ridiculous for an adult community, it reeks of the kind of oppression that is intolerable.Therefore, a call to virtual arms!
Along with my diatribe, I have included visual protests to Google's policy. A challenge, if you will. Some of them have been flagged and censored on G+. Some of them have not. None of them offend me. If they offend you...move on, ignore, block, flag...censor away.If you agree with me, I ask you to please PUBLICLY RE-SHARE this post.
I want to start an occupygpluscenshorship movement.
I want to create a Ripple with this post. I want you to create your own Ripple. Please publicly re-share this post. Then publicly share your own post with your own images.
If you agree with me, please don't just +1 this. Pluses are nice...and welcome. But do more than plus it. Publicly re-share. And then do your own post. The more people who protest Google's policy, the more Ripples we create. If we can create enough whitewater, we will get Google's attention.Please PUBLICLY RE-SHARE! Please join in...