There is some pretty spooky stuff going on over at LiveJournal. Apparently a group called “Warriors for Innocence” (Google it, I won’t link to it) have been lobbying LiveJournal to delete users and groups that outwardly appear to condone paedophilia. Sounds fair right? Well it turns out a lot of the accounts that have been deleted (seemingly without any investigation) were fan fiction groups or fictional characters with disclaimers in their User Info. This makes me squirm for several reasons the most important one being LiveJournal’s disregard for their members right to publish fictional stories. Yes, child molestation and exploitation is criminal not only on a legal level, but ethically and morally also. I don’t advocate or condone it in any way. But the precedent this sets frightens me.
I first read about this on Mary Gardiner’s LiveJournal, I think she said it best; “this is an immensely big anti-speech hammer being wielded here: that kind of fiction might not appeal to you, but writing fiction featuring incest and abuse themes is not a crime in the US, and is in any event a long way from committing actual abuse.”
I won’t write any more because plenty of other people have. Like Liz Marks, who has a tentative summary.