Date: 2017-04-07 11:41 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: Reality is a dangerous concept (babel Blake Reality Dangerous Concept)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
understanding that what I post under lock can at some time be revealed against my will, and write accordingly

This.

the stupid sign-and-then-we'll-unlock-your-LJ trick

On the one hand it's bad customer service... on the other it's a compulsory must-read warning to everyone about Russian law, and LJ's business ethics and lack of customer service, and acts as a reminder to the complacent that the Five Eyes are also big brothering us (amongst other warnings). I note that well-known fraudster Donald Trump is currently flailing around trying to use Twitter to persecute, and potentially prosecute, USian dissidents.

The public face of LJ under Vlad the Putrid is unlikely to reflect the true intentions of either its named owners or its ordinary staff because neither players nor ordinary people want to openly dissent in ways that might end in them being targetted. Public protest is useful for some purposes and private dissidence is more effective for others. Everyone inside any system both colludes with and resists that system to some extent (including us).

I think your point about the proliferation of platforms is the most intelligent commentary I've heard. If we can't predict who will jump which way when pushed, and we can't reliably pre-emptively do that in most cases, then supporting the maximum number of realistic possibilities is our best strategy.
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