God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

Man Described as a Top Spammer Arrested - This guy is apparently one of the top ten spammers in the world. A federal grand jury last week returned a 35-count indictment against him charging him with mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

In other news, Six Apart has openly admitted that they screwed up. For those of you who aren't aware, in the past week, LJ suspended something like 500 journals and communities, on the grounds that they were connected to pedophilia, child rape, incest, and other activities illegal and/or harmful to children. However, in their blanket attack, plenty of journals got the axe that were not, in fact, doing this. Communities such as those for incest survivors, or fictional slash writing, and even (in one notable case) a Spanish-language forum for discussing Nabokov's famous book Lolita. Needless to say, this stirred up a hornet's nest (just like every other time LJ has enforced a policy or done anything at all that was beyond keeping their hands off of everyone). Unlike most of those times, though, the chairman and CEO Six Apart has come out and said, quite clearly, "we blew it." In a welcome move, he's made an open apology for what happened, explained what the original intention was, how it got so out of hand, and described what they are doing to fix it. I'm impressed.

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