The Leftist censors have grabbed another social media site: imgur.com
Imgur.com is the biggest image-hosting site that there is these days. It is very easy to use so has left other image-hosting platforms -- such as Tinypic and Photobucket -- for dead. It also offers permanence. It says that pictures you have uploaded there will stay up.
But that has now fallen by the wayside. Some pictures I have housed there have been replaced by an angry and unpleasant looking cartoon, presumably under the pretext that my pictures were "offensive"
One of the pictures I had up was of General Pinochet, who is/was a great Leftist boogeyman. He did solve Leftist terrorism in Chile by killing off a couple of thousand of the livelier Chilean Leftists. So I can understand his image being "disappeared". But for most of the pictures no offensiveness is obvious. A table of statistics that disappeared would seem inoffensive. But it WAS a table of IQ statistics -- and IQ is as unpopular among the Left as General Pinochet.
But the deletion that really amuses me is that they have taken down a picture I had up of myself! I make no claim to being good-looking but I didn't think I was that bad! They have also taken down images of my discharge certificate from my time in the Australian army and photocopies of my university degrees. So they have been rather systematic.
Anyway, I keep very comprehensive backups so have simply rehoused all deleted images on another site so all images I had up are now back up.
So the question arises of what to do about this latest transmogrification. In my case, I can't see any form of protest as being needed. It is simplest just to replace the lost images from backups. And I do have archive copies of all my blogs online which already include self-hosted picture backups. My practice of putting up backup copies of my blog entries has probably seemed like overdoing conservative caution but it has clearly now come into its own.
Nonetheless, I will have to think in future about where I house pictures online. I will probably host the more incendiary ones on one or another of my own sites and use imgur for the more mundane ones
It is something of an irony that I have a regular blog -- TONGUE-TIED -- devoted to coverage of censored content -- only to be censored myself