blastfarmer:

shieldfoss:

blastfarmer:

shieldfoss:

shieldfoss:

Hey do you think the people behind Ao3 could be convinced to host a social media site? They seem to have the tech capability to scale and the first-class politics to not censor, and it probably wouldn’t take that much bandwidth if they don’t offer local image hosting.

(I don’t know if moderation would be too large of an expense or if they could make do with solid blocking/muting tools)

I think they get by with volunteer moderation atm so going actual social media would take quite a bit more money

I don’t think they’d actually need moderation – if you’re not hosting any images, you’re not hosting any child porn. That’s the only thing you need to moderate. After that, it’s mainly harrassment and you can solve a lot of that by implementing the automatically ratcheting shadowban scheme I wrote out on tumblr about a year or two ago.

Under some non-CDA-230 theories of law, hosts of user-generated content are liable for user-generated content that contains links to or embeds of certain classes of banned material.

Some examples of prohibited content:

<img src="hxxps://example.org/porn.gif" alt="watch this big dick thrust">
<img src="hxxps://example.com/epilepsy.gif" alt="the gif that triggers certain types of epilepsy on compatible hardware">
<iframe src="hxxps://example.com/porn.mp4" title="Big Dicks III">`
<a href="hxxps://example.com/doxxing.html">call her workplace</a>

So even if you don’t allow uploads, you’d still need to moderate:

  • links to external hosts
  • externally sourced iframes
  • externally sourced images

But those would work well with a reporting scheme.

Under some non-CDA-230 theories of law, hosts of user-generated content are liable for user-generated content that contains links to or embeds of certain classes of banned material.

I can’t speak for the law, but I can speak for myself when I say “wtf that is ridiculous.”

I’m commingling two separate theories of liability there:

  1. “The content displays on your site, so you’re liable for it, even if it’s not hosted on your site.” This theory is a fundamental failure to understand linking.
  2. Link taxes, whereby posting even a bare URL your are posting a form of content that has attributable intellectual property rights, and there’s no fair-use exception for linking. As in copyright, so too in obscenities.

Oh I believe you, it’s just ridiculous. Like blaming the postal service if somebody sends a threatening letter.

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