my lies & my facade (dark_branwen) wrote in pgsm_fanfiction,
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I apologize for possibly spamming your f-list with this, but just in case you haven't heard, I thought I'd take advantage of the community.  If one of the mods has a problem with this post, they are more than welcome to delete it.

For those of you who are unaware, Livejournal has been deleting journals and communities on this site all day.  A group named "Warriors of Innocence" (I recommend you not go to their site as there is a great deal of spyware) made noise about communities on LJ that had to do with incest, pedophilia, and rape.  Allegedly, initially they were only concerned with real-life situations, but it quickly spread to the fandom comms; unsurprisingly, Harry Potter has taken the biggest hit.  LJ has essentially committed a knee-jerk reaction at the behest of what can only be described as an extremist, right-wing vigilante group who threatened their advertisers.

Regardless of how you feel about the issues cited by Warriors of Innocence, the fact of the matter is that fandom is being threatened.  Should your journal contain any keywords LJ finds inappropriate, your journal or community is gone.  This is tantamount to persecution and we are the victims.  I for one am tired of being viewed as a pervert, degenerate, or pariah because I write fanfiction and that sometimes that fiction involves porn.  Some people might not like it, but all they have to do is hit a back button; they don't need to take away one of the places that I go to unwind.

At this time, I'm unaware of any official statements to their own customers, but here are several links that you might find helpful, including a statement from LJ to a news organization.  It's becoming alarmingly clear where their priorities now.

http://firefox.org/news/articles/407/1/The-Purity-Police-and-Fanfic/Page1.html

http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/

http://catrinella.livejournal.com/151812.html

http://news.com.com/Mass+deletion+sparks+LiveJournal+revolt/2100-1025_3-6187619.html?tag=nefd.lede

If you are a member of fandom, please join fandom_counts.  This isn't a community of discussion; it's to see how many fandom related users there are on LJ.  It's just a count, but it could help with this issue.

Please don't sit out on this one.  We're a large number of people; we are consumers and we matter.  And what's more, we're not going to take it anymore.

Livejournal?  Game.  On.
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