…probably to Blogspot, but I haven’t yet decided. What I have positively decided is that wordpress.com is another of those “in-the-bag” institutions that will do whatever they can to get Barack Obama elected, including allowing select blogs to continue to exist despite that they violate the wordpress.com Terms of Service. Case in point–a website claiming to be run by the “true John McCain” (itself a violation of the TOS) uses inflammatory language including the terms “gay greek motherfucker” and “nigger” to portray John McCain as a racist and homophobe–ALSO clearly in violation of the wordpress.com Terms of Service. I PERSONALLY called this site to the attention of wordpress.com, and was initially informed that they were “watching” the site. When I objected that there was no reason to watch a site that clearly violated their TOS, they told me that the site was “clearly satire” and therefore it was okay for it to remain…?

Here are the wordpress.com TOS as they relate to the racially-tainted passages on the site in question:

2. Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

…the Content is not obscene, libelous or defamatory, hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party; (emphasis added by oldageandtreachery)

If that doesn’t make it perfectly clear that such words, expressions and activities are not permitted, nothing does. This is just ONE EXAMPLE of the clear violations that I pointed out, yet wordpress.com refuses to enforce their own TOS. The fact is there is absolutely no reason this website has been allowed to continue; wordpress.com is therefore, in my opinion, complicit in this slander and character assassination and any respectable blogger should find a new home–CERTAINLY any right-thinking blogger.

There are many alternatives to wordpress out there; all offer some or all of the features, and many offer even more. I encourage you, if you believe in decency and fairness, to remove your own blog from wordpress.com to a site more likely to actually care what goes on (and who actually will enforce the rules equally, fairly and CONSISTENTLY).

PS – I have not (and will not) identified the blog in question because I’m not going to give them any publicity whatsoever. It’s bad enough that wordpress allows this crap to go on–I’m not going to make it worse by pointing people to it.

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