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Re: Swastika censorship??
28 Dec 2003
May be a little bit of context will help you see why I decided to hide the article with the swastika. When I came to the Boston IMC page, what was showing in the media gallery near the top of the page was a flag with a swastika--no text whatsoever in that context. My immediate thought was that white supremacists had once again taken to posting to our site. We have a long-standing policy of hiding racist posts and I did not want to leave anyone with the impression that we had eased off on that. Perhaps it was overkill, but the author is welcome to repost the article minus the problematic graphic. As for whether the Boston IMC is a "free speech site", that depends on what you mean. Conservative views are acceptable here--views that cross the line into being blatantly racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Islamic, etc. are however hidden (and can be accessed at the hidden articles page) because one of our principle goals is to create a forum for progressives (and not some nebulous free speech site), and permitting such oppressive views to stand on the newswire would undermine our efforts to create a site that is a safe space for women, people of color, gays, Muslims and other oppressed groups. Our policy was clearly stated in a disclaimer at the top of the newswire of the old website and is still available if you follow the correct link on this new website (see the "info" page).