Continued in the following posts: A Swiftly Tilting LJ... and LJ User Action Centers
This is continued from the post About that LJ Rumor...
As I said, I did receive an answer to my email.
Needless to say, I did respond to it.
First, the Warriors for Innocence response, followed by mine.
Please excuse me if I don't respond. I'm...well...overwhelmed at the moment. Please know that there's a lot of information getting shared in comments to this post and I'm sure more will be shared in comments to this entry as well.
And remember...confirm, confirm, confirm wherever possible. There are a lot of rumors floating around right now, and it's hard to separate the truth from hysteria. Lord knows I ran into that earlier today, so take a lesson from me on this one.
I only ask that you please keep a cool head, and please keep it polite. Do not threaten violence or to do anything illegal. Any threats that involve the commission of crimes will be deleted. This is for your protection as well as mine. I've got a ton of people linking to me at the moment, so friendly banter or blowing off steam can be taken the wrong way.
LJ also allows admitted child rapists, child molesters, and child abusers unlimited freedom to post about their exploitation and abuse. I have a serious problem with this."
I hunt and fight monsters. If I can help to get even one monster off of the street and away from kids, then it was worth any amount of effort.
WFI Team Member
Now what follows is my response in light of what's happened today.
Thank you for your response. However, your response is...lacking.
I have dug up information about your blog, and while I can find plenty of links from conservative political blogs (I want to be clear that there's nothing wrong with that), you are not on any radar for any web site or blog that actually deals with the issue of online predators.
This concerns me. It means that I have no objective evidence that you are who you say you are.
Here's a list of legit Web sites that I know about (and I'm not even involved in cyber-policing):
- Perverted Justice: http://www.perverted-justice
- Stop Child Predators: http://www.stopchildpredators
- Team Amber Alert: http://www.teamamberalert.net/
Your mission statement is nowhere near close to what these web sites have available just as basic information that's available online.
Furthermore, despite your assurances that you have not targeted anything fannish or fictional on LJ, hundreds of fannish and fictional LJ blogs were wiped out with a press of a button today, all of them owned by people who are not guilty of the crime that you've accused them of engaging in. These are people who have not broken any law, who have taken pains to make it clear that they do not welcome predators in their community, and who've put up clear warnings on their user info.
Some of the LJs that have been shut down were not even backed by real people. They were role-playing LJs (or rather, LJs created for the specific purpose of role-playing adventure games using the LJ tool), and some of those characters were supposed to be villains, not heroes.
In addition, there were fiction archives that were lost. Some of them lost up to four years worth of individual stories, the vast majority of which did not involve incest, pedophilia, rape, or any other real life crime in the subject matter. While much of the content was adult content, these were not predatory LJs nor were they interested in encouraging such practices.
In short, thanks to you're actions, there is a large number of people on LJ today who were just accused of being on-line predators. Some of those people are survivors themselves. Some of those people work in law enforcement and with various and sundry legal issues. Some of those people are parents or guardians of children.
I would wager to say that most of them would rather cut of their own hands than harm a real life child.
Thank you for traumatizing them. And thank you for leaving the rest of us to pick up the pieces. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
Explain to me again why I should think you're one of the good guys?
Did it never occur to you to do even a little bit of homework? All you had to do was look at the user info for the targeted LJs. All you had to do was look at the LJs themselves. You would've seen for yourself that these people are not guilty of breaking any laws or harming anyone.
If I sound angry, it's because I am.
You've just helped drive the real predators underground. After all, you announced that you were going after LJ in public on your blog. The only people who would even think of monitoring you are real predators, and they would've removed any incriminating evidence from the LJ loooong before today.
Instead, a lot of innocent people got nailed, lost years' worth of work on fictional stories, and found themselves on the wrong end of a witch hunt.
As for you? You took a few big steps backwards today. I hope you realize that. You not only gave the genuine predators a chance to hide, you made a lot of people who would've been inclined to help you skittish to even self-police any genuinely predatory LJ they happen to come across.
I hope you're proud of your accomplishment.
And now you want me to believe you after all the problems you've caused for people who are — and I want to stress this — not guilty of doing anything more than writing fictional stories about fictional characters?
Not a chance.
The only people who deserve to be punished are the people who are actual predators who are acting on their most base instincts.
The people who do not deserve to be punished are innocent third parties who happen to write fictional stories you may find offensive or distasteful. I don't care if it's 100 innocent bystanders, 10 innocent bystanders, or only just the 1.
There are very clear policies and procedures in place for policing online predators. Good heavens, even I know this. And since you're a nurse, you should know this. As a nurse, you are no doubt mandated to report any instance of child abuse you find to the proper authorities, which I'm sure you'd do whether it was mandated or not.
Heck, I'd do it (and have done it), and I'm not a mandatory reporter.
What you have done here is not followed proper law enforcement procedures. As a result, you've driven the real predators underground, and you've hurt a lot of innocent people because of it.
Once again, let me commend you on the very fine job you've done.
Again, let me stress this: I have no problems, none with legitimate policing efforts that are conducted under clear guidelines from a legitimate law enforcement authority to catch online predators of any stripe.
What I find offensive is shutting down fictional stories or fictional scenarios simply because people made the mistake of warning for offensive content in their user information (i.e., rape, incest, pedophilia, etc.)
Hell, there are quite a few fictional stories I find offensive, both pro and fannish, and the only thing I'd do is warn people away from those stories/authors. I would not remove those stories if they didn't violate community guidelines or the ToS.