Hate speech / cyber-bullying. Avoiding bad PR
DISCLAIMER: I do not want to police diaspora.I understand if podmins want to run their private 4chan and i understand why this is in concept a great idea.
So.... I ran into another holocaust apologist today.
This raises the issue of how diapora handles free speech and the reporting of users.
Supposedly it is up to podmins to "police" their userbase (geraspora for example, seems to delete/ban users who post facist propaganda).
However, the current structure of diaspora seems to (as far as I can understand), by design, enable cross-posting of content to other linked pods without any filters applied.
This creates several challenges:
Some countries have legal ramnifications for publishing certain material (be it copyright, cyber-bullying, hatespeech etc)
This could very quickly turn into bad PR for diaspora.
Witch-hunts, flame-fests and all the usual goodness (data-trash).
One can of course argue that the "ignore" user feature is enough. However, what if diaspora grows to a degree where this becomes exceedingly difficult? What if podmins get sucked into all sorts of legal trouble? What if some tabloid journalist decides to go on a crusade nailing diaspora as a plattform for terrorists/pedophiles/nazis, etc.?
What control mechanisms are in place? Are they transparent? Are they easy to use?
This is something which should be handled delicately and early, before such problems arise (and believe me, they will, when nobody expects or/and is ready to handle them).
What do you guys think? Am I just paranoid?
Troy Benjegerdes started a proposal Wed 3 Apr 2013
Diaspora community real-name search Closed Fri 12 Apr 2013
Motion blocked. General consensus is that there are privacy implications in implementing real names for search.
My biggest complaint about Diaspora is finding people.
Both facebook and linkedin have policies that either require or strongly encourage people to use a name that could identify them in real life, rather than a pseudonym.
I would like to see a very clear 'publish my real name, and encourage search engines to find it' as a default option in Diaspora.
I'd also like to see a mock-up 'help' webpage that lays out very clearly to regular people what this means, and what they are gaining or losing by choosing to either publish their name, or not to publish.
I also think this would dramatically impact the potential issue of hate speech/cyber-bullying. If someone is bullying/hate-speeching, or whatever, I have no desire to censor them. I just wish to be able to clearly point out where they physically are, so that anyone who chooses to can confront them in person. This, in my mind, avoids any legal complications.
I'd also like to be able to block anyone (or at least filter) who does not use a real name from my activity feed.
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Wed 3 Apr 2013
No, no, no, no. Sorry, but you are proposing something absolutely against Diaspora's principles of enabling people as much privacy as they want. You want Diaspora to be like Facebook and LinkedIn - no way.
Wed 3 Apr 2013
Real names have nothing to do with good search engines and they also have nothing to do with the opinions of the people. So I disagree with your proposal and the context. Additionally I think, we cannot define TOS of the specific pods.
Fri 5 Apr 2013
There is no thing like a real name
or moreover, there are a lot of real names
Legal Name? maybe, but isn't the REAL one, those are different things and have different functions, right and obligations
Fri 5 Apr 2013
you have to think of the D* ID like an email address. You wouldn't want a central registry for those, either. Instead, spread them to the people you care about, like you would your email, on a business card, text message or whichever you like best...