via The Shifted Librarian (thanks Ross!):
How would you feel if your social tools weren't so social, deciding for you what you can and can't see? Unfortunately I don't have time to write this up properly, but there's a big controversy surrounding Flickr in Singapore, Germany, Korea, and other countries. Where are the protests taking place? On Flickr, of course. Fascinating viewing in a 2.0 world.
Keep in mind that in the context of restricting what you can view, this is what legislators are trying to do in this country's libraries. (Thanks, Kay)
German users are very annoyed and dissappointed by Flickr, because the are not allowed to turn the safe search fliter off. Reason for that are the Terms of Service (TOS) of Yahoo Germany. That means if you have a German Yahoo account you are not allowed to view photos that are classified as moderate or restricted. That terms apply near Germany, one of the most liberal countries in the world, to Korea, Hong-Kong and Singapore (which is not famous for being liberal, to express it nicely).
Within a few hours groups formed which are flooding the service with protest photos now. The tags thinkflickrthink, zensur, rebellion, censor, censorship are the most used tags in the last 24 hours.
More than 100 Blogs in germany wrote about that story in the last 5 hours about it. There is no reaction from Flickr as yet. Jun 16, 12:32pm PST