Flickr the Censorer

August 28, 2009 | By | Reply More

Flickr is a private company. Therefore, it is free to censor photos and comments, which it apparently does with pride and gusto.

Flickr is a private company, of course, so it is no subject to any legal argument regarding “free speech.”  At some point, however, after tens of millions of people adopt Flickr as their photo and comment community, it does seem to function like a government.   But, again, Flickr is a private company and it can do what it wants.flickr

We have the same potential problem with many private entities that now control the flow of huge amounts of information (e.g., Google). It will be interesting to see how this situation evolves, especially to the extent that these private companies seek to distort the flow of information for private gain or for capricious exercise of power. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before–think of the mass media. But also consider the telecoms: one increasingly hot angle on this issue is net neutrality.

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Category: Censorship, Community, Internet, Networking

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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