submitted 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago) by lwadmin to c/lemmyworld

Dear Lemmy.world Community,

Recently posts were made to the AskLemmy community that go against not just our own policies but the basic ethics and morals of humanity as a whole. We acknowledge the gravity of the situation and the impact it may have had on our users. We want to assure you that we take this matter seriously and are committed to making significant improvements to prevent such incidents in the future. Considering I'm reluctant to say exactly what these horrific and repugnant images were, I'm sure you can probably guess what we've had to deal with and what some of our users unfortunately had to see. I'll add the thing we're talking about in spoilers to the end of the post to spare the hearts and minds of those who don't know.

Our foremost priority is the safety and well-being of our community members. We understand the need for a swift and effective response to inappropriate content, and we recognize that our current systems, protocols and policies were not adequate. We are immediately taking immediate steps to strengthen our moderation and administrative teams, implementing additional tools, and building enhanced pathways to ensure a more robust and proactive approach to content moderation. Not to mention ensuring ways that these reports are seen more quickly and succinctly by mod and admin teams.

The first step will be limiting the image hosting sites that Lemmy.world will allow. We understand that this can cause frustration for some of our users but we also hope that you can understand the gravity of the situation and why we find it necessary. Not just to protect all of our users from seeing this but also to protect ourselves as a site. That being said we would like input in what image sites we will be whitelisting. While we run a filter over all images uploaded to Lemmy.world itself, this same filter doesn't apply to other sites which leads to the necessity of us having to whitelist sites.

This is a community made by all of us, not just by the admins. Which leads to the second step. We will be looking for more moderators and community members that live in more diverse time zones. We recognize that at the moment it's relatively heavily based between Europe and North America and want to strengthen other time zones to limit any delays as much as humanly possible in the future.

We understand that trust is essential, especially when dealing with something as awful as this, and we appreciate your patience as we work diligently to rectify this situation. Our goal is to create an environment where all users feel secure and respected and more importantly safe. Your feedback is crucial to us, and we encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and concerns.

Every moment is an opportunity to learn and build, even the darkest ones.

Thank you for your understanding.


The Lemmy.world Administration

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[-] Sterile_Technique 51 points 4 months ago

What is the complete correct response for users to carry out if they spot CP?

Is just the report button on the post good enough? Is there some kind of higher level report for bigger-than-just-one-instance shit that threatens Lemmy as a whole? Should we call the FBI or some shit?

I haven't come across any here, but if I do, I'd like to be able to aid in swift action against not only the post/account in question, but against the actual person running it.

[-] RightHandOfIkaros 26 points 4 months ago

In theory, reporting to the community moderators should be enough for users. It would then be the responsibility of thost moderators to report it to the instance admin, and then the admins responsibility to report it to the instance's local law enforcement. They will then handle it appropriately.

However, sometimes community moderators are corrupt and will ignore reports and even ban users for reporting instance rule breaking content. In those cases, the user must report directly to the instance admin. As you can imagine, instance admins also can be corrupt and therefore the user must report to law enforcement.

But typically the first scenario is sufficient.

[-] Thekingoflorda 20 points 4 months ago

FYI: admins can see all reports. We currently have a tool running that scans for posts that are reported a lot, which will then notify people who can do something about it.

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 4 months ago

You can always report casm to the FBI. You don't need a mod's guidance to do so.

Otherwise report and block.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Report and block should be a correct respond.

Edit: actually also report the user to the instance admin where the user from.

[-] [email protected] 44 points 4 months ago

Thanks admins, for taking this seriously.

Take care of yourselves as well. The images sound horrific.

[-] testeronious 32 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

I think lemmy should allow the moderators to allow only text as posts in their communities, this way people would not be able to troll with images or videos in text-only communities.

It's not the best solution, but it's perfect for AskLemmy.

Maybe this website could use karma as a way to allow people to post images and/or videos. 100 general karma for pictures, 200 for videos, I don't know.

It's just a matter of being creative to avoid this kind of content.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

There are lots of ideas from people, but unfortunately Lemmy software doesn't actually support most of them. And in terms of adding support to Lemmy, well there are just two devs plus community support so if people have the skills they may want to consider contributing code to implement some of these things.

Edit: just adding that some instances are building bots (kinda like an automod) but with 1,000+ instances we kinda need something built in

[-] deweydecibel 11 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

I think that's at least partially why that Sublinks fork is starting. It's in Java so the number of people capable of helping is much, much larger.

And while I'm excited to see how that turns out, I've got some reservations, particularly about some of the "moderation tools" being suggested, but if it breathes new life and excitement into a fediverse Reddit replacement, that's a good thing.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 4 months ago

The cool thing about ActivityPub is that we don't have to pick one. Some instances run Kbin, some Mbin, some Lemmy. Some can run Sublinks and everyone gets to interact with each other.

The way federation works, instances can't force their stuff on other instances. If a post on a community on your instance is removed by an admin of a different instance, then you'll still see it on yours and they won't see it on theirs (the exception is if the post is in a community where a moderator of that community or admin of that instance removes it, then it removes it for everyone - though Lemmy still has some quirks in regards to that), so different instances can have different moderation policies and you join one that matches the moderation policy you want.

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 4 months ago

Especially make newer accounts text only, then there should be a new idea:

Image posts should not be federated for hours, maybe even a day. That would limit the spread, and provide local mods time to detect and remove content.

[-] [email protected] 31 points 4 months ago

Well thanks for the spoiler thing, but I don't even know what the acronym (is it even an acronym?) means anyway and now I'm too afraid to do a web search for it ๐Ÿ˜…

Well, maybe it's better that way.

[-] fubo 32 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

It's safe to look things up!

Looking up the name of a crime does not mean that you're doing that crime.

If you look up "bank robbery" that doesn't make you guilty of bank robbery. It doesn't even mean you're trying to rob a bank, or even want to rob a bank. You could want to know how bank robbers work. You could be interested in being a bank guard or security engineer. You could be thinking of writing a heist story. You could want to know how safe your money is in a bank: do they get robbed all the time, or not?

Please, folks, don't be afraid to look up words. That's how you learn stuff.

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[-] [email protected] 21 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

::: spoiler CSAM is child sexual abuse material I believe. So yeah, better not to look it up :::

[-] humorlessrepost 24 points 4 months ago

Iโ€™m pretty convinced the initialism was created so that people could Google it in an academic context without The Watchers thinking they were looking for the actual content.

[-] tpihkal 7 points 4 months ago

You may be correct although it seems like pretty dumb reasoning. I doubt any of those cretins would search the words "child sexual abuse material." That would require acknowledging the abuse part of it.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 4 months ago

I think you may have misunderstood. The entire point is to have an academic term that would never be used as a search by one of those inhuman lowlifes.

I don't mean to be pedantic, so I hope my meaning came across well enough...

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 4 months ago

They already use codewords when chatting about it. I forget what the more advanced ones were beyond "CP", but there's a Darknet Diaries episode or two that go over it. In particular, the one about Kik. He interviews a guy who used to trade it on that platform.

CSAM is meant to differentiate between child porn, which also includes things like cartoons of children, with actual children being abused. Law enforcement have limited resources so they want to focus on where they can do the most good.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 4 months ago

The initialism was created to focus the efforts of law enforcement. They have limited resources, so they want to address actual children being abused, rather than Japanese cartoons. Both are child porn, but CSAM involves real children.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 4 months ago

Your spoiler didn't work, apparently you need to write spoiler twice.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 months ago

The second "spoiler" is actually text for the spoiler.

This is customisable text

spoiler This is customisable text


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[-] [email protected] 4 points 4 months ago

Works in my app :P I really wish stuff like this were more standardized across the platform. Not really much point in spoilering it now since everyone is chatting about it.

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[-] bighatchester 5 points 4 months ago

I'll just say illegal content involving minors.

[-] thantik 23 points 4 months ago

This is exactly what happened in various other "alt-reddit" sites that I was a part of. CSAM is uploaded as a tactic so that they can then contact the registrar of said website and claim that this site is hosting said CSAM.

It's basically a sign of the site becoming more popular and pissing off the larger players.

[-] Rooki 7 points 4 months ago

Yeah we got some request like that and even for a announcement of ours. But we are planning to reduce them.

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[-] Megacomboburrito 23 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Content moderation is a never-ending battle It gets difficult to enforce the larger your user base becomes. I really hope we can keep this community safe

[-] [email protected] 23 points 4 months ago

Thank you for the transparency! Much appreciation to the volunteers who have had to unfortunately handle this.

That being said we would like input in what image sites we will be whitelisting

Although I am from another instance I did want to suggest some common hosts, while I use Imgbox personally I often see Imgur and Catbox used quite a bit.

Catbox actually appears to actually be a generic temporary file host though, rather than a dedicated image host

[-] [email protected] 20 points 4 months ago

I'm glad I missed that, but sorry anyone had to see that.

I hope you will consider whitelisting https://imgbb.com/

It works well with Lemmy posts because it allows direct image linking.

If you're hesitant to whitelist that site, then I hope you will allow https://postimages.org/

The drawback to the latter site is it's ad-ridden (not a problem with uBO).

Both are superior image sharing sites to imgur, IMHO.

[-] CsXGF8uzUAOh6fqV 8 points 4 months ago

I use postimages every day so I hope it will be whitelisted.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 months ago

I recently switched to imgbb after someone without an adblocker showed me a screenshot of one of my posts, but in my opinion everyone should be using uBlock Origin anyway, so I'd be ok with either option. They're both extremely good image sharing sites.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 months ago

The trouble is not everyone has an easy way to use an ad blocker - in particular iPhone users.

I mean, they should really just get an Android phone and install Firefox (or a hardened fork) then uBO, but try telling them that.

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[-] betterdeadthanreddit 17 points 4 months ago

Might be some Pixelfed instances worth adding to the list. I've been using pixelfed.de which has its community guidelines here. Haven't had to report anything yet but the process to do so is easy (went through the first couple clicks and hit cancel) and it looks like they've got a way to flag posts for site admin review, not just mods. Seems like a good system to keep that sort of content under control and, though I haven't looked through their documentation and code to confirm, I would be surprised if they didn't have something automated too.

Thank you for doing unpleasant work like this when it comes up.

[-] SpiceMerchant 7 points 4 months ago

There are a lot of PixelFed instances, this might get complicated.

I'd ask for https://miniature.photography but I'm one of only a dozen or so people who post there.

[-] thantik 15 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Lots of posts on the site come from files.catbox.moe and litterbox.catbox.moe -- so I'd probably leave those whitelisted. He has terms against gore, csam, etc - but I don't know if he has any kind of active filtration. It's just a dude running a site; but often times it's just really easy to upload there.

You guys should use this if possible: https://blog.cloudflare.com/the-csam-scanning-tool

[-] [email protected] 12 points 4 months ago

Just FYI, this tool seems to only be available if you live in the US. I tried to apply for my own instance, located in Europe, and my request was denied after a lengthy and frankly tiresome "verification process". This sucks.

[-] Rooki 8 points 4 months ago

This can only be activated when you are in the USA! So a no go for us.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 months ago

I've also noticed many links are to catbox but... Am I the only one who can't ever load those? I've never actually had a link to that host work.

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[-] AnAustralianPhotographer 14 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

As another avenue to the report button, could Lemmy world have a new community LemmyWorldSupport_911 where anyone can post and it's monitored by moderators or admins and they can promptly react?. (911 =American number for emergency services)

As part of the community rules, posting for stuff that doesn't warrant a 911 reaction could result an penalties for anyone looking to "prank" it or abuse it's intended purpose.

Some small communities only have one mod and that mod has to sleep.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 4 months ago

(911 =American number for emergency services)

Could also do 112, since Lemmy.world is hosted in Europe :)

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[-] Thekingoflorda 9 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Iโ€™m planning on making something like that, but am first focussing on improving the features we already have.

[-] Lionheart_xa 9 points 4 months ago

Do we know the site they used to host the CSAM? Can't we try and get whoever runs those servers to get this troll. Cause if they got one CSAM I bet they have a bunch. Maybe the FBI can raid them and help save some kids from these monsters.

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 months ago

Damn, this broken record again? That sucks, and I'm sorry you had to see that.

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[-] Dankry 6 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

That being said we would like input in what image sites we will be whitelisting.

I'd like to suggest postimages(dot)org. I've been using that site since leaving reddit/imgur over the summer. They seem to be a good free service (although they do offer a premium tier) and according to their 'about us' section they've been operating for 20 years.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

As one of the smaller instance admins who had to deal with the content.. one of the image host was postimg.cc, so I'm not sure how fast they take down the content or if they run some kind of filtering.

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