Internet Cencorship – Yahoo! Adult Profile Removed!

I do check my Yahoo! email to see how many spams i get, but this time i got ‘an important notice’ from Yahoo!:

We’re making some changes that will affect one of your Yahoo! profiles. After April 9, 2008, mature content will not be permitted within Yahoo! Profiles.

In accordance with this new policy, users will no longer be able to designate an “adult profile,” and mature content will be removed.

The profile for the Yahoo! ID lowrobb is marked “adult.” The picture associated with this profile will be removed and deleted on April 9, 2008.

I didn’t even remember if i have a Yahoo! profile, so i checked it out and seems like my profile was categorized as ‘adult’. I’m not sure why and perhaps i was idiotically register my profile and add to adult category. But after seeing the profile picture i started to laugh. And can’t stop.

Below is the picture. I have a mustache and wear Batik, a traditional outfit wears by ‘adult’. The next funny thing was that i can’t change the image to a new that might perhaps not categorize as adult. So let it be.

Yahoo Adult Profile

Somehow noone can blame Yahoo! because it’s just another automatic-massive-user-based-generated -announcement on what the system see in their certain category. This is a sort of social outage effect generated by new Indonesian government law that intend to block pornographies in the internet.

Well, all in all, it’s just a nature of the future ‘borderless world’ in Indonesia which i will never comprehend. I think more people especially who rule the rules should dig into internet deeply. That way they’ll understand that internet freedom of speech is far beyond pornography. I wonder what will be next.

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