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Are you satisfied with changes StumbleUpon has made (as of 3.1.13)?
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StumbleUpon has recently transferred LGBT culture to the safe list and has kept LGBT sex on the not safe for work list.
Essentially, they have resolved only a portion of our concerns.
From Update #1
Not long after establishing this petition, I received an unsolicited
email from StumbleUpon in which a representative acknowledged their
awareness of excluding LGBTQ topics from "safe for work" list.... The representative affirmed the need
to move topics specifically about culture over to the safe list. Yet,
regarding topics explicitly about sex, the rep stated the need to keep
those on the NSFW list because content may include pornography.
Our Thoughts Since Update #1
If StumbleUpon's intent of keeping LGBT sex on the "not safe for work" list is to
prevent unwanted pornography and adult material from appearing on
screen, then why not label the category as LGBT pornography?
Why not call pornography "straight sex" in keeping with the logic of LGBT sex as listed on NSFW?
Also, if sexual health is on the safe list, why not include LGBT sexual health?This isn't about semantics, it's about perception and how it affects the LGBTQ community. Keeping LGBT sex on the NSFW list, along with pornography and other adult content reinforces bigoted beliefs and misconceptions about LGBT relationships.
Today (3.1.13) a representative from StumbleUpon sent an email with the following info:
It was a difficult decision, but we had to move these topics under R-rated topics, due to the high volume of adult content that our users were submitting under these topics.
These Interests are now available to all users
I hope this helped answer your question.
I will not use StumbleUpon until this company ends discriminatory practices against LGBTQ communities (http://www.causes.com/actions/1722768-pressure-stumbleupon-to-end-discrimination-against-lgbtq-communities).
Update #1Posted by Suzanne K Coleman (Campaign Leader) on Mar 28
We did it!!
Our efforts to pressure StumbleUpon to end discrimination against LGBTQ communities was a fabulous success! We had two main objectives: challenge StumbleUpon to (1) transfer LGBT culture tags from NSFW list to the safe list, and (2) present the labels for LGBT sex in an equitable manner (preferably renaming the labels to LGBT sexual health and transferring renamed labels to the safe list).…
According to a representative from this popular online service, user-submitted ...
We did it!!
Our efforts to pressure StumbleUpon to end discrimination against LGBTQ communities was a fabulous success! We had two main objectives: challenge StumbleUpon to (1) transfer LGBT culture tags from NSFW list to the safe list, and (2) present the labels for LGBT sex in an equitable manner (preferably renaming the labels to LGBT sexual health and transferring renamed labels to the safe list).
According to a representative from this popular online service, user-submitted websites tagged as LGBT sex mostly contain adult and pornographic content. In the same NSFW list, the tag pornography contains adult entertainment primarily catering to the straight community. We attempted to persuade the contact person at StumbleUpon to at least rename pornography to straight sex so that it would match the LGBT sex tags. Unfortunately, this final request was denied.
StumbleUpon's mysterious methods of managing user-submitted / user-tagged websites made certain requests nearly impossible to fix without compromising the NSFW-free list. This information is important to understand: We respect their reasoning, as it would have been labor intensive, distracting their programmers from their ultimate goal of restructuring the entire tagging system. So, the smart thing to do for StumbleUpon was to leave LGBT sex topics as is on the NSFW list. This way, minors and those using computers in work settings or public places would not unintentionally stumble upon NSFW websites.
Regardless of any unfulfilled requests, our campaign produced a very exciting outcome! LGBT culture tags were transferred to the safe list (non-NSFW). This we can celebrate!! We raised awareness about blatant Internet segregation of the LGBT community. We successfully challenged a popular website aggregate service to treat lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture tags safe and included among the general audience. Essentially, on StumbleUpon's website, LGBT culture tagged websites now share equal space with topics considered safe for all to view. Once again, this is a huge step towards raising awareness about inequalities between straight and LGBTQ communities in connection with social media websites.
StumbleUpon has not given a specific time frame or details of their restructuring plan, except to say it should take a year. It will be interesting to see how they practice equitable treatment of all tags related to LGBTQ communities. This is one project worth monitoring!
In sending out this final update for the campaign aimed at StumbleUpon, I personally want to thank all who signed and shared the petition, those who responded to questionnaires, and those who accepted challenges to take action. Without this global community standing up for equal treatment among LGBTQ communities, one person's request most likely would not have achieved such a significant outcome. Also, I personally want to thank the representatives from StumbleUpon who took the time to read and respond to several emails pinpointing specific concerns. I appreciate their willingness to work with the people supporting this cause. Finally, I emphatically want to thank Kellen from Causes. She provided plenty of positive feedback along with suggestions on modifying segments of this effort in order for it to be more effective. Together, all of those mentioned above made a difference benefiting the LGBTQ community!
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