The LiveJournal Incident…

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LiveJournal, popular with many fanfiction and rape survivor groups, have suspended more than 500 accounts. Users were outraged with this as LiveJournal was hoping to ‘protect children’ as some sites, like Warriors for Innocence, were promoting paedophilia, the sexual abuse of minors, and other illegal activities.

LiveJournal have been popular with many fanfiction writers, including Harry Potter slash fiction. Creative forms of activism includes a group of “pro-fandom” with already 22,817 members (and counting). Even so, members are also switching to the clones of LiveJournal; which includes GreatestJournal and InsaneJournal, as a protest.

LiveJournal has posted an apology, claiming that they stuffed up.

Another issue we needed to deal with was journals that used a thin veneer of fictional or academic interest in events and storylines that include child rape, pedophilia, and similar themes in order to actually promote these activities. While there are stories, essays, and discussions that include discussion of these issues in an effort to understand and prevent them, others use a pretext to promote these activities. It’s often very hard to tell the difference. As such, we have suspended reported journals that do not clearly and substantially object to these activities while at the same time portraying them.

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