Thomas Hawk is one of Flickr’s most prolific photographers, posting a couple dozen photos per day (or more). He posts some really great work (for example, see his set of photos with more than 25 “favorites”). His blog has occasionally featured the stories of photographers who have had their work (or even their entire Flickr account) deleted from Flickr, often without clear explanation. View all of his Flickr content removal posts (which he tags as “censorship”) on his blog.
Thomas is also affiliated with Zooomr, a Flickr competitor.
Today, Thomas Hawk was banned from the Flickr help forum in direct response to his posting links to material critical of Flickr. One wonders if his affiliation with a competitor might be involved, but the official explanation is that they’re silencing him because they don’t like the material he’s posting.
I’ve mostly stood by and watched the Flickr issues without action, but their latest action to shut down dissenting voices leaves me pondering my future with Flickr.
Photo by Thomas Hawk, used under Creative Commons licensing