Myspace Censorship of Artists

Turmoil - 12 x 12 Oils on Canvas by Jennie Rosenbaum
Turmoil – 12 x 12 Oils on Canvas by Jennie Rosenbaum

My myspace account has been deleted. no warning, no reason, it’s just gone. I cannot seem to get a human response to my questions to myspace. all I have to go by are the comments from reams of other people in the same situation throughout the interwebs. Myspace is notorious for censorship. They have deleted gay bands and activists who speak out, musicians and visual artists, political activists and pretty much anyone who says or does anything that they didn’t like. it’s a complete dictatorship with no regard for the users rights or privileges. I realize that a privately owned site makes it’s own rules and laws. but something that is this big and claims to be a free forum for all should have some responsibility towards it’s users.

My best guess as to why I’ve been deleted is because of my works. while nudity is something they have issues with I am surprised that there are pages out there for sex offenders and porn while a small site featuring purely art nudity is deleted. most people would agree that there is no issue with my works. they aren’t even NSFW in my opinion. If, however, I had been told there was a problem I would have tried to work something out. deleting me with no reason or notice is just wrong.

Now I have the delightful choice of either giving up completely and trying other things, going back and trying again or kicking up a big stink. I’ve outlaid time and money on Myspace that I wont see again if I give up but I don’t want to look unprofessional by re-inviting all my old friends. What would you do in my situation?

7 thoughts on “Myspace Censorship of Artists

  1. Take off and nuke MySpace from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

    Seriously? The way the big sites are censoring anything and everything (various LJ fiascos come to mind, here), the best thing any artist that is even remotely ‘controversial’ can do is to have their own site, under their own control. This, of course, runs into the problem of promotion… which is where the idea falls over, unfortunately.

    As for a realistic solution? Sorry, fresh out of ideas.

  2. I’m bugging them for a statement, I have a temporary page up explaining what happened for my old friends and such, but I am currently trying to reach a real person rather than a bot to tell me the exact levels of nudity allowed and the position on art. after that who knows? probably big stink time..

  3. Forget MySpace. It is no place for artists anyway. I believe blogs are for artists. They are not restricted by big brother and you can post, do, say, what you want.

    By the way…the reason why I was gonna post in the first place was to simply compliment your painting “Turmoi”. I love your style!

    Thanks for posting.

    Rich Harris

  4. Thanks Rich! 🙂 I agree with you about myspace, although it does have powerful networking advantages, I’m not sure they are enough to overthrow the big brother aspect.

  5. I am so tired of myspace as I am sure many other people are. I had an issue with them a while back where they disabled my link to my personal site. I was not even selling anything. They did not want to listen but they finally decided to give in once they saw what I did. who knows how long it will be before my page gets deleted.

    hang in there.

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