Saturday, May 17, 2008

Flickr lets kids look at hardcore porn and their policies are bullshit

Flickr.com terminated my account and the only vague reason I was given was that some of the images in my account may have not belonged to me. First off, chances are that if you have a flickr account you have at least one image in your account that does not "belong" to you.

Flickr.com likes to defend their censorship actions by stating that they are maintaining a "safe" community for everyone. This is total bullshit. Allow me to prove it.

The following was conducted as an experiment and to prove that the "flickereenos", as those self righteous nazis like to call themselves, are full of shit.


HEY KIDS, WANT TO SEE NUDITY AND HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY FOR FREE?

Well flickr.com has all you could want. And you don't have to be of legal age to view any of it!!

Step 1 - Sign up for a Yahoo mail account. Put anything you want in the information you have to fill out, just be sure under your birth date to pick one that makes you over 18.

Step 2 - After creating a Yahoo account go to flickr.com and click on Create Account. All you are asked for is to enter your password again. That's it.

Step 3 - Go to the Your Account option, click on Privacy and Permissions and scroll down until you see the Search Settings. Click edit and change the setting to Safe Search Off. You're 18 right? -wink, wink- Sure you are.

Step 4 - Type in any filthy little thing your mind can dream of in the search bar and off you go...


** This entire process took me exactly 4 minutes and 38 seconds, and I'm a slow typer. I made up 100% of the info I was asked for.

For a search I typed in "ass fuck" which brought up 8,258 results. The 4th image down on the first page was a black man with a dildo up his ass.

The 5th image down was the following:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hgoku/2296871404/

I found this one particularly interesting because I recognize the image as one that I had in my favorites back when I had an account. What's interesting is that this image does not belong to this user but to the actual photographer that posted it in his account on flickr. Unfortunately I don't remember his name. So right off the bat this image has been "stolen" from another photographer on flickr.

*** Violation # 1

Don’t upload anything that isn't yours.
This includes other people's photos, video and/or stuff you've collected from around the Internet. Accounts that consist primarily of such collections may be terminated at any time.


Then right under this photo and all over this account is a link to a Desktop Stripper website http://www46.virtuagirlhd.com/us/ Ok, isn't this promoting another unrelated business?

*** Violation # 2

Don’t use Flickr for commercial purposes.
Flickr is for personal use only. If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your photostream, we will terminate your account.

This image has been viewed 623 times and is listed as "public".


*** NEXT CASE ***

The above search was under results by "Most Relevant".
I then changed it to "Most Interesting"

The 9th image down on the first page was the following:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jills_cuckold/2193310801/

Ok, this is a Pro account full of images of fat gay men having sex. It's about as hardcore as it gets.

The above image is also marked "public" and has been viewed 1886 times.



*** Now I'm not against pornography at all but I am against total random acts of censorship and a faceless corporation taking my money and then deleting an account I spent over a years worth of work on for a total bullshit reason.


But remember, as their cute little logo lets you know.... flickr loves you.

I'm still trying to get used to this Blog thing...

This blog world is all new to me. I've never really explored it much up until now.

I'm going to keep this anti - flickr blog going but I'm also going to go start a blog to put all of the stuff I used to put on flickr and also to put new things on.

Until I learn how to do a website, this will have to do...

I plan on starting that new blog in the next couple of days.

Friday, May 16, 2008

flickr stole my $25

I paid for a full year and did I get a refund when they canceled my account without notice? Hell no. Enjoy my money you thieving bastards.

The Dynamic Duo?



The Amazing Loo Brothers.

flickr.com sucks

I joined flickr.com almost a year and a half ago. The account was a birthday present from my wife. I was really getting into taking photos and she knew that I would really enjoy having a place to share them with other people. At first I was just uploading photos of friends and places we visited but it soon became apparent to me that this would be a perfect place to share my many different obsessive collections with other people, or so I thought. Over the last year I spent way too many hours scanning and uploading images of magazines, books, 8-track tapes and various other things that I owned. I uploaded tons of photos of people that I know, places that I've been and things that I love. When my account was terminated by flickr I had just under 3000 images uploaded. I met many people on flickr that had the same interests as me, and through viewing their collections and having them add many of my photos as favorites I felt a little better about my obsessive collecting and even started to think that I might actually have some talent at taking interesting photographs. Hell, some of my photos were even found and used on various websites to illustrate articles. I really enjoyed looking at what my new friends and contacts had posted every day and looked forward to logging in and hopefully having some new comments on some of my photos.

Then last week I started getting notices from flickr that my account contained images that violated their policies. I responded to these notices inquiring as to what I had done wrong. I asked them to let me know what images they had a problem with. All I ever got back were automatically generated responses that listed the same policies and terms over and over but never answered my questions. I then found out that my account had been marked "unsafe". No reason was given for this and I had not been notified of this. I read through the policies and found where it said that it was very rare for an entire account to be marked as unsafe. Usually it would just be 1 or 2 images that were marked as such.

What had I done that was so horribly wrong and offensive to have my entire account marked "unsafe"? I still have no idea. Unlike many accounts on flickr I had no nudity whatsoever in any of my sets. I had posted one image that was a photo by Hunter S. Thompson of a naked woman sitting on a toilet wearing a Nixon mask. Once I started getting these notices from flickr I deleted that image from my account. The only vague description that I ever got about what I may have done wrong was a reference to posting photos that did not belong to me. Now I'll admit that I did have a handful of images in my account that I had taken from elsewhere, but none of these were photographs taken by another photographer that I had stolen. They were old photos of children dressed up for Halloween that I either found on the internet or bought at flea markets. I had also recently saved a bunch of photo images from an E-bay auction of a couple of brothers in the 1960's. I bought some of the photos but also saved all of the ones I didn't win on E-bay. I had started a set devoted to the Loo brothers, as I figured out that was their name, and it was incredibly popular on flickr.

Ok, it's getting late and I'm getting tired of typing so that's all for now. More tomorrow...