Although I prefer DreamWidth because they operate with integrity, I will continue to crosspost to LJ since I still have friends on LJ who won't come here, and for other reasons personal and political I will elaborate below.

I don't understand all the legalize of the TOS change on LJ, but as I understand it, I don't think it compromises my USian privacy anymore than it did before. It's no worse and probably better than Facebook. And even Dreamwidth can't protect me from a skilled and determined hacker gunning for me, so when I post privately, I do it with the understanding that what I post under lock can at some time be revealed against my will, and write accordingly.

I don't like being treated rudely as LJ staff just did with the stupid sign-and-then-we'll-unlock-your-LJ trick, but that's nothing new with LJ--they just find new and creative ways to be rude all the time out of disregard for us English language users/assumed Westerners because we are a minuscule constituency of users for them compared to their Russian base, and I suspect they resent our influence and I can't blame them for that. Facebook does like crap without the Western hegemonic provocation issues. I'm not going to hold Russians accountable for being rude to English language users as English language users without knowing more about this bunch than I do right now and what relationship they have to the regime that helped install a big orange tool in the White House.

As far as solidarity with Russian resistors go, as far as I know, LJ staff may be doing all they can to keep the service alive for them under Putin's regime. All the new rules seem to apply to Russian LJ's that have over 3000 members. Maybe they have been forced to do that by Putin's regime to negate large sites for resistance. However, my understanding is that the TOS changes made clear these rules do not apply to LJ's with fewer members, and that gives resistors ways to still disseminate info and connect, especially with smaller linked local sites. Until I find evidence that they are a tool of Putin, I'm going to assume they are allowing what room for resistance they can. And as long as that is a possibility, then I want to support them. The Russian resistance may still be able to use LJ as an avenue for connection--the more dispersed avenues the better. So support for LJ from outside the Russian regime might be a minuscule help to them.

If LJ/SUP turns out to be a tool of Putin's regime, the help we as outsiders are giving them is pretty minuscule as well, so I don't see reason to abandon ship over this latest wave. I just can't presume to know what effect LJ has for Russians, their member states, and their unhappily occupied territories in functioning under the new TOS and what use it will be to them.

I welcome opposing arguments from anyone who knows more about LJ's situation and politics than I do and can teach me. Yes, I am deliberately having this discussion in public; What'SUP, if LJ staffers happen to notice me here. :-P
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep

understanding that what I post under lock can at some time be revealed against my will, and write accordingly


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.
Edited Date: 2017-04-07 11:42 am (UTC)


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