On Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth is and Why Zooomr Feels Censorship is Wrong
[I’m CEO of Zooomr]
I just posted a blog post over on the Zooomr blog formally adopting an anti-censorship policy that Yahoo rejected. Kristopher and I talked at length about where Zooomr ought to stand with regards to censorship in light of the recent attention that the subject has been getting in the press and with regards to photo sharing sites in general.
Both Kristopher and I are pretty opposed to censorship. We believe that less censorship in photo sharing and the world is better than more censorship, and so we felt it was keeping with our beliefs to adopt the policy that Yahoo rejected.
The policy that Yahoo rejected was a good one. While I can understand why a company might not want to put something into writing that holds their feet to the fire, sometimes it’s important that a company do the right thing. So we’re putting our money where our mouth is and telling you that at Zooomr we feel that we can operate under the provisions of Yahoo’s rejected plan.
This may mean that Zooomr faces some hurdles as we continue to grow. Our largest geographical traffic comes from Asia. But it’s the right thing to do. And sometimes what ought to be done shouldn’t be what is expedient to business, but what is the morally right thing to do.
We hope you will share our support and adoption of this anti censorship policy and that you will support the fact that we are willing to take a stand on this important issue at Zooomr.
Power to the people. The best photographs in the world have yet to be taken.