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Seth Martin

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Seth Martin
  last edited: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:58:23 -0500  
Free Speech Gets Tricky When ISIS Shows Up

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Social networks struggle with open access as terrorists’ account proliferate


It looks like Adam Rawnsley didn't notice the #IS accounts on #diaspora before he finished the article.

#Friendica #RedMatrix #FreeSpeech #Freedom #Liberty #Social Networking #FOSS #FLOSS #Twitter #Social Media #ISIS #Terrorism @LibertyPod+
Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:34:38 -0500  
It looks like they have found their home in diaspora land.

Going by the new accounts sharing with diaspora* HQ, the majority of people currently signing up to diaspora* are Islamic State jihadists (15-20 yesterday, about 40-50 overnight).
Thomas Willingham
  
I always thought it'd be gay porn that broke Diaspora.

I posted one SMBC comic once about gay engineers, and overnight, my stream became 99% gay porn posted by random strangers who followed me because of a comic.

Giving head to beheading in three short years.  Well done, Diaspora.
Thomas Willingham
  
This cartoon:

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Seth Martin
  last edited: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:00:37 -0500  
Well, that was unpleasant. I had to remove a channel and account from my #RedMatrix website at LibertyPod.com

The channel name was "Free Speech" which made it even more unpleasant. I sent an e-mail to the address the account holder entered during signup:
I wish to provide a free speech platform for everyone but cannot. I cannot host Islamic State channels because it jeopardizes my safety and the safety of others.

You made the right decision by choosing the Red Matrix for your communications but you need to host it yourself. Instructions are here: https://github.com/friendica/red/blob/master/install/INSTALL.txt

I must now remove your channel(s) from my servers to protect our safety.

Now I look back on that message and wonder if the message is jeopardizing our safety by providing a suggestion.

#Liberty #Freedom #RedMatrix #Free Speech @LibertyPod+
Mike Macgirvin
  
We provide a network that is relatively free of censorship - providing you follow the rules of the house.

If you're hosting the site - it's your house, you get to set the rules. You're responsible for the content on it, and in most countries you can go to jail if the content is of an illegal nature - no matter who posted it. Therefore as the site owner you must have the right to remove anybody or any content any of your site members post.

The network itself does not have any rules about who can be a site owner and what content is allowed or not - and cannot enforce any rules on anybody. The site owner alone gets to set the rules, and they will usually do so based on the laws in effect in their jurisdiction.

So if you want freedom from censorship, you need to do two things...

1. Host the site yourself or find a site owner who is comfortable with your views
2. Ensure the site is located in a country whose laws are compatible with your views.
Mike Macgirvin
  
[Between you and me, you can also make your content private. The house usually won't try to remove questionable content that it can't see.]
Thomas Willingham
  
Well, that was unpleasant. I had to remove a channel and account from my #RedMatrix website at LibertyPod.com

The channel name was "Free Speech" which made it even more unpleasant


Like I said in the other thread, there's an awful lot to consider here, and a painful decision that'll leave you wondering whether you did the right thing either way - but ultimately, what Mike said.

The network is free.  Individual hubs were never even supposed to be free - in either sense of the word - unless they're your own.