[Foundation-l] Letter to the community on Controversial Content
Bob the Wikipedian
bobthewikipedian at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 00:36:04 UTC 2011
The question arises, however, of where to draw the rather thick gray
line. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, take for instance the
famous Renaissance paintings; often innocent at first glance, but
perhaps one of the subjects is nude. Perhaps in the background there is
a nude individual. Maybe that individual is too tiny to see clearly. Or
perhaps it's adorned with nude cherubim around the corners. Or maybe
there's a photo of something where in the background you can see a nude
sculpture. And that's just the topic of nudity within the scope of the
Renaissance art-- it gets worse.
This is precisely the thing that makes it difficult to decide whether to
block an image or not.
Whatever system is used, it needs to be a bit more intricate than just
"either / or".
On 10/10/2011 7:17 PM, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
> A media file either shows genitals, or it doesn't. It either shows people having sexual intercourse, or it doesn't. If there is any doubt (say, visibility is largely obscured, or you can't tell), then the basic rule should be "leave it out" (unless and until filter users start complaining).
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