Six Apart Deletes 500 LiveJournals, Many Fannish
Melissa WilsonView all articles by Melissa Wilson
- Rape survivor support groups.
- Incest Survivor support groups.
- Rape, incest, and pedophilia survivors' personal journals.
- Character-based RPG journals.
- A discussion group for the novel Lolita.
In an interview with cNet, Six Apart CEO Barak Berkowitz said: "We did a review of our policies related to how we review those sites, those journals, and came up with the fact that we actually did have a number of journals up that we didn't think met our policies and didn't think they were appropriate to have up."
Prominent LiveJournal users such as writer Warren Ellis have withdrawn their support from Six Apart as a result of this action.
Of special note is Ellis' otherwise active participation in LiveJournal culture, including personally paying for the account of hugely popular comics-based community Scans Daily.
Other fans have gone up in arms as well, promoting a massive fannish migration to friendlier services such as JournalFen and GreatestJournal. JournalFen has the advantage with a wide array of fans already members there due to the banishment of Fandom Wank from LJ years ago. Other fans have begun a protest community called
Fandom Counts, which is attempting to tally the number of fen who use LJ in their fannish pursuits. The most recent LJ News post had at this writing over eighty pages of angry comments from users.
Firefox News has attempted without success to contact Six Apart via phone and email for comment. We have nothing polite to say to Warriors for Innocence.
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