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Libraries, Schools and Flickr Under Attack

Get any large group of people together and you're bound to end up with a few doofuses trying to ruin the good experience for everyone else.  Well, that's exactly what's happening over on Flickr right now.  There are some less-than-upstanding individuals who are posting photos that clearly violate Flickr's community guidelines.  Those photos are almost always removed very quickly.  Anyone who uses any of the online photo hosting networks realizes that this is going to happen.  In my personal opinion, Flickr is by far the most family-friendly of the photo social networks, and I will continue using it for my personal and family photos.

But many libraries and schools use Flickr in order to reach out to their community and show the world what great things are happening inside their walls.  I've been a longtime advocate of this usage.  But recently some people have taken to attacking and threatening those libraries and schools, and today's piece by Michael Stephens over at ALA TechSource examines the most recent events regarding this issue.  I urge you to take a look and find out what's happening.