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someone informed the Live Jounal Abuse team my default icon is "inappropriate". i have to stop using it as my default icon by 23rd or my journal will be suspended. WTF!

i am REALLY pissed and i want to know who told them. tattle tales.

this is the message i recieved:

Dear LiveJournal user,

We have recently been made aware that your default userpic is inappropriate. As default userpics are displayed throughout LiveJournal, we require that they be appropriate for a general viewing audience. More detail regarding LiveJournal's requirements for default userpics is available at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=111. As noted in the FAQ, you are welcome to continue using the image as a non-default userpic; however, we must request that you discontinue using it as your default by no later than 00:01 (midnight) EST 23 May 2006.

If at that time, you have not made the change requested, your journal will be suspended. If you are willing and able to change your default image, you will need to contact us with a date and time during which you would like your journal unsuspended. You will then be given 24 hours during which to make the changes requested. If after that time the changes have not been made, your journal will be permanently suspended.

We thank you for your swift cooperation in this matter.

LiveJournal Abuse Team


May. 21st, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
did anyone get an email from six apart? i emailed feedback@livejournal.com and received this:

Dear Ms. Felt,

Thank you for your feedback. Please allow me to explain, as the controversy surrounding this issue appears to stem from a misunderstanding.

LiveJournal has always placed restrictions on default userpics, as the default userpic is visible in many public areas throughout the site, including the Directory, the Schools Directory, and the profile page. These restrictions are detailed in http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=111. We feel it's important to strike a balance between the ideal of free expression and the rights of, for instance, a parent to prevent their child from seeing unsolicited material that the parent feels is non-age-appropriate or the right of an individual to be able to browse public LiveJournal spaces without being exposed to nudity or violence.

There are not blanket restrictions on default userpics depicting the act of breastfeeding, and the restrictions have nothing to do with targetting or restricting breastfeeding activism or awareness campaigns. We must hold to as clear and consistent a guideline as possible to determine the appropriateness of default userpics, in order to ensure that our standards are enforced equally for every user. Any usericon in which unclothed breasts or genitalia are visible is therefore inappropriate for use as a default icon, and when such icons are reported to the Abuse team, the user is asked to make that icon non-default. If an icon depicting the act of breastfeeding does not also depict a clearly visible unclothed breast in which the areola or nipple is visible, it does not fall into this category.

We do not prohibit people from using icons that are inappropriate for use as a default icon as a non-default icon, as the issue is not with the depiction of the icons themselves but their use in areas, again such as the Directory and the Schools Directory, which have been designated "nudity free". Non-default userpics are not held to the same standard, as they can only be visible in entries, comments, and communities, all of which are "user space" as opposed to "LiveJournal application space".

The application of this policy to icons depicting breastfeeding is not in any way intended to be a statement that breastfeeding is dirty, shameful, or obscene. We fully support our users' right to make their own decisions regarding parenting choices and styles, and we appreciate the dedication of parents who have chosen to participate in breastfeeding activism and education.

We ask only that you are willing to extend the same support and appreciation to, for instance, parents who choose to believe that it is inappropriate for their children to view unsolicited nudity in public. We feel that the restrictions we have always placed on default usericons strike the best balance between individual expression and individual courtesy.

We do agree that in a perfect world, the issue would not arise, but unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and we believe that our solution to the issue is a reasonable compromise between two wildly divergent points of view regarding what is and is not appropriate for LiveJournal -- not simply regarding icons depicting breastfeeding, but all material which a parent or other individual might feel is inappropriate for public.

I apologize for any miscommunications which may have given the impression that LiveJournal is in any way "against" individual parenting choices; the issue is not at all a political one. We welcome and value our pro-breastfeeding users and communities, and appreciate their dedication to and passion for their cause. However, because LiveJournal is a community with extremely varied standards and audiences, we must balance out the interests of all our users, and we have always felt these restrictions are the best possible compromise.


Denise Paolucci

Six Apart, Ltd // LiveJournal.com
May. 21st, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
i got the same response.

i'm seriously bugged by this:

We ask only that you are willing to extend the same support and appreciation to, for instance, parents who choose to believe that it is inappropriate for their children to view unsolicited nudity in public.

those parents don't extend any support or appreciation to me and my desire to express myself with a perfectly innocent, natural picture. but i'm supposed to support their desire to not monitor their kid's online time by living up to their screwed up values? i don't think so.
May. 21st, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
its funny, someone should remind these people that WE ARE ALL BORN NUDE!

That being said, I find it ironic that people would not want their children seeing other kids breastfeeding... :S
May. 21st, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
I think it's really sad, actually. Also, I don't care if they mind. They're weird.
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May. 21st, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
I love your icon.
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May. 21st, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know it. My daughter nursed for 18 months and my son is almost 23 months--has never had a droplet of formula and it doesn't look like an end in sight for his nursing. :)
May. 21st, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
that's the leader of lj abuse dudette
May. 21st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Not a member here, but I heard about this and sent email yesterday and that is the same response that awaited me in my gmail account this morning.
May. 21st, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I got the exact same form letter.
May. 21st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
i got the same one.
May. 21st, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Denise Paolucci is famous for not listening to reason.
May. 21st, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)