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  1. Steve Rhodes
    March 15, 2011

    This is what I posted there (it is currently awaiting moderation)

    Flickr’s action was wrong. And your stance supporting it, particularly as director of the human rights program at yahoo is appalling.

    Having those photos and others he posted on flickr did not diminish the community. It enhanced it.

    I made him a contact because I wanted to see what was happening in Egypt from the perspective who someone who was there. And that includes both images he created and those he found important.

    Flickr had posts on the protests



    but you removed his images showing the results of one of the most dramatic protests.

    I can’t speak for Caterina and Stuart, but somehow I don’t think that is what they created flickr for (and they did respond to how the community was using flickr. Originally it was just photos, but they allowed illustrations and other art because so many people were sharing it).

    I really can’t understand why anyone would report those photos because he didn’t take them (though his tax money was used to take them).

    Flickr is a platform for human rights activists and organizations and the yahoo human rights program should work to make sure that continues, not say you should go somewhere else. I don’t want them to continue to post images here.

    A major human rights organization is posting images they purchased from a photo agency to flickr. I would hope if I named them, you wouldn’t remove the photos. And other non-profits who are part of your flickr for good program post photos that weren’t taken by staff.

    Flickr recently asked us to “Please help support the people of Japan”


    And many people responded by posting images, some they created themselves, but many used graphics and photos they didn’t create. Would you really remove them if you received complaints?

    Do you realize how untenable rigidly enforcing your rules is?

    You should read his responses to your remarks at SXSW as they were passed on


    I hope you will restore the photos and work with human rights groups to change your rules.

  2. Steve Rhodes
    March 15, 2011

    Here’s a working link (damn new twitter). it is worth following him


  3. Thomas Hawk
    March 15, 2011

    Steve, very well said.

  4. Ron Scubadiver
    March 15, 2011

    Flickr is hopelessly screwed up, but tell anyone in the general public that your flickr account was deleted and they will think you are a pervert. I know this as a fact because when I those idiots deleted my account just before Christmas I got flamed in every photo forum that I complained about it. Thomas, why do you even bother to stay there. (OK, I have seen your answer before, there is no community anywhere else, that is true, but if the system is corrupt, why stay there.)

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