Poll - How should Social Coop Handle Booking Photos?
Poll Created Wed 30 Nov 2022 12:05AM
How should social.coop handle mugshots / booking photos Closed Fri 9 Dec 2022 12:01AM
As local news reporters move off of twitter and on to fediverse, they will bring with them valuable local news, and also various practices surrounding booking photos / mug shots. In many places these photos are a public record for the safety of the arrested and the community (if your family member has been arrested, you will know, and not assume kidnap etc, if you recognize someone's mug shot you might want to avoid that person).
Reporters however have a habit of posting mugshots. The people in the photos have not been convicted of a crime, on the fediverse the photos will be replicated across many servers, including ours. If someone was arrested but was released without charges, or was convicted and have served their time, their face has now been spread around the fediverse.
Should social.coop request the news/reporter instances put hashtags on mugshots so we can filter them out? Should we do nothing?
I am fine with asking individual reporters to reconsider or do CW, but I would like to balance that doesn't create more headache for people trying to put their lives back together post-release (since without reintegration we all suffer) but I also want to get updates on my local news.
Florida Politics: Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday signed a new law (SB 1046) that will require mug shot publishers to remove booking photos if requested by the person featured in the image. The new law comes with penalties. If the publisher doesn’t remove the photo within 10 days of written notice, they face a daily $1,000 penalty
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14 of 14 people have participated (100%)
Wed 30 Nov 2022 4:49AM
The hashtag idea sounds good but I do not know how hashtags work. I am guessing a reporter would hashtag the image and then anyone could search items with #mugshot hashtags and it kinda groups them into a /mugshot category?
What if some go untagged?
How do they stay hashtagged when replicated in the fediverse?
Stephanie Jo Kent
Wed 30 Nov 2022 1:37PM
This does seem important as a matter of principle at least. There's long been evidence of racial profiling, for one thing. Also activists are sometimes arrested for nonviolent protest and that shouldn't be used against them. I'm also not sure how it would managed and whether it's a reasonable burden to be put on moderators for what would likely (?) be a low incidence event.
Wed 30 Nov 2022 2:12PM
I am open to adopting a policy on this (I share the underlying concern about mugshots) but it seems premature to say if requesting that other instances take action is the right approach before we have a case study to point to. Full disclosure: I work in journalism, but am not a reporter.
Wed 30 Nov 2022 3:56PM
We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Posting mugshots on the Fediverse will forever brand arrestees as criminals. As in news generally, the nasty stuff tends to stick in the mind and isn't expunged by later news exonerating a person of an alleged crime. Journalists who post mugshots are effectively defaming the person photographed.
I recommend that we explicitly prohibit the practice, explore a way to remove any that appear on our instance, and avoid potential legal liability.
Wed 30 Nov 2022 6:36PM
I like the spirit of this sense check, but it also feels like an oddly specific thing to bring up for general community input (well, or for a portion of the community, as Loomio is saying this was "seen by 43, notified 3", which seems like a lot smaller than total membership). Seems like a question to bring up with the CWG, maybe put it on one of the meeting agendas and discuss with them how to proceed?