Over at Censor This, Joseph McCarthy further protests the censoring of UDreamOfJanie and KissingCorporalKate with his own graphic. (Don’t sweat the url – there’s no child porn, it’s a protest statement.)
For those who may not know, our blogs have been de-listed from WordPress’ internal listing, which means we no longer appear in the category pages, we no longer appear in the tag surfer, and we no longer appear in the friend surfer (a WP service where bloggers have to enter the URL of blogs they want to see there – 100% opt-in).
The vague reason we have been given by Mark, apparently the head of the McCarthy Censorship Board at WordPress is that our blogs “contain material which we determine is of a Mature nature will be removed from our tagging system.”
Meanwhile, the adults surfing the sex tag (or any other tag for that matter) who are looking for content like ours can find piles of it, just not ours.
There is no set of rules, no list of guidelines, and no specific item mentioned which put us over this arbitrary and invisible line.
We have been censored at the whim of one person, we were not notified before or after the de-listing, and we have been given no recourse or appeal.
Interestingly, the de-listing seems to have occured just after the posting of The Itch, Part The Last and before the posting of Sugasm 64. Other blogs continue to post material that is highly sexual in nature, so I can only assume that Mark’s issue is with our portrayal of a priest as a sexual submissive.
We are apparently not permitted to speak about the church that way without reprisal.
WordPress claims that is strongly in favor of the freedom to publish, yet that is apparently only so as long as you don’t say something Mark doesn’t like. Their own Terms Of Service states:
The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors.
While we haven’t been deleted (yet), we have been censored from the WordPress community’s eyes.
Please add your voice to the growing chorus of protest against this practice of arbitrary and secretive censorship.
If Mark can censor UDreamOfJanie and KissingCorporalKate for what we say, he can censor (and even delete) your blog without notice for something you say which he personally finds objectionable.
Have you posted a picture that might have been too risque? Are you sure?
Have you divulged just a little too much about your sex life? How do you know?
Have you used language that offends Mark’s delicate sensibilities? Do you even know what words you can’t use?
Add one of these graphics to your blog, your myspace, whatever. Blog about this, comment about it, email your displeasure to mark at email@example.com and demand that WordPress stop censoring blogs.
Stop Censoring Our Blogs!
Stop Censoring Our Blogs!