Thomas Hawk writes on his blog that the picture above
by Joseph Szabo has been censored by Flickr or so it seems... In fact, according to a research by this French site Thomas Hawk used this picture to illustrate another case where Flicr erased a picture of a youth smoking. The debate goes on but where is the truth?
Ok, so I've pretty much been avoiding blogging anything about Flickr/Yahoo for the past few months since I pretty much quit hanging out on the site, but this one's pretty stupid so I'm going to blog about it anyways.
Yes, I'm the CEO Zooomr, a competitor to Flickr/Yahoo, so feel free to dismiss everything I say here as nothing more than yet another shameless attempt to bash the competitor. Still, it's pretty stupid and it was brought to my attention by some of my friends over there so here goes.
Apparently Yahoo has deleted (read censored) a photo on their site because it was a photo of a kid with a cigarette. (That is where Hawk is disingenuous: he does not say the picture erased is not the one that illustrates his post and most of his readers get confused -including myself-).
Now, I'm all for kids. I'm a father myself. I don't let my kids play with candy cigarettes and I hope they never smoke, but, this is simply stupid.
Apparently this was the response from Yahoo staff over the photo in question.
"Images of children under the age of 18 who are smoking tobacco is prohibited across all of Yahoo's properties.
I've gone ahead and deleted the image from your photostream.
We appreciate your understanding.