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Yahoo Censorship Still Sucks, Part Four | by Thomas Hawk
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Yahoo Censorship Still Sucks, Part Four

Update: This image has been pulled from public search on Flickr now on Flickr as well.


Update #2: This image seems to be back in public search again, not sure why.


Update #3: Rev Dan Catt from Flickr has un Nipsa'd this photograph.


[I am CEO of Zooomr]


For the fourth time in the past 2 days my images have disappeared from public search on Flickr. Best I can tell these images were marked NIPSA by Yahoo - Flickr.


NIPSA is a cowardly way that Yahoo removes your images from public search on Flickr. It is done in secret, behind your back, anonymously and you are not notified when it is done to you. For some people this means that their entire photostreams are removed from public search. For others it's a few random images from their photostream. The thing is, you will never know if it's been done to you or not. You might figure it out later on your own when trying to search for your photo but you won't know when it happens to you.


Ask yourself this. Is this image offensive? It's interesting that two of images marked NIPSA were images accompanied by a message critical of Yahoo.


Entire groups can be NIPSA'd on Flickr.


This very well may be the fifth image that Yahoo decides to NIPSA of mine. NIPSA sucks. NIPSA is wrong. Flickr should treat their paying customers better than this.


The problem with censorship is that in the end it usually only strengthens the power of your critics message.


If you do a search for TestingNIPSA you will find this single image (I suspect by the time you read this, this image also may be removed though).


And yet all of the urls below contain the same tag. Something needs to be done about this.

How many of your photos have been marked NIPSA?


Answer: You'll never know.

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Taken on March 13, 2007