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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:45 pm    Post subject: Confederate Flag - Not Okay on IMVU Reply with quote

We just made this announcement on our blog and sharing it via forums as well - along with further details.

What happened last week in a church in Charleston, SC shocked everyone not just in that community but also across the nation - including us here at IMVU. The tragic event prompted a renewed outcry against display of symbols like the Confederate flag which represent darker periods in US history. The South Carolina legislature is already considering removal of the flag from state government buildings, and if they do so, such removal will signal a move forward for all involved.

Meanwhile, many etailers and retailers like Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Etsy, Target, have taken a stance against the confederate flag and what it symbolizes for many - the list is growing. IMVU is joining them today. It is the right thing to do and we are confident our community will support this move.

We at IMVU have always supported creativity and self-expression of our community members. The "be who you want to be" principle inspires the sheer variety of content seen in our virtual catalog, chat rooms, and user profiles. Creating a positive social experience for ALL customers is also critical to our mission. Balancing the two can be challenging but we want to ensure our experience is fun and safe for all our members, irrespective of their race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and skin color. Our policies take a firm stance against hate products and we believe products that feature confederate flag images fall squarely under that category. As such, effective immediately, we are taking steps to remove all such products from our shop for future sales. Having user-generated content means the effort will not initially be 100% accurate and we will invite our community members to help with the effort by reporting such content to us going forward. Products featuring confederate flag imagery will no longer be accepted into or sold from our catalog.

So what does this mean in terms of our virtual catalog?


Starting today, we will be hiding and locking products that fall under this category. These will not be re-rated i.e. they will not be removed from accounts that have purchased them and there will not be any refunds issued to purchasers or deducted from creators.

We realize we are unlikely to find every single such product in our vast catalog. For the next 30 days, if our community members flag these products we will take a similar action on them - hide and lock versus re-rate. The creators or purchasers of such products will not face any action.

After 30 days, we will start treating these products as UFI (Unfit for IMVU) and treat them accordingly.

Please do NOT flag such content as we are taking action against them ourselves - and NO action is being taken against the creators, There is no need to go hunting for these products in order to flag them. That is not the intent of this. If you happen to encounter them feel free to flag and for the next 30 days we will continue to simply lock and hide such products.

What about content outside of the catalog?

Room images, profile photos, badges etc including imagery of the Confederate flag will be deemed inappropriate. Such content will be handled as part of our flagging process and will be removed without any punitive action against the account.

What is the imagery exactly?

You can find example of products from our catalog here:




REMINDERS:

This is an announcement and open to discussion however please ensure you comply with our site policies and forum guidelines.

Expressing your opinion is okay - hate speech is not.

Naming and shaming is not okay - especially toward people who might have purchased or created these products.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am happy you have made this change. 100% support IMVU.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varsha, question what do we flag these products as? UFI?

Edit- nevermind I see.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is crap the whole way round America was built on personal freedoms, the only reason imvu is doing this is to save face with their business partners.

Way to go help pick away at the constitution for the almighty dollar IMVU!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This is crap the whole way round America was built on personal freedoms, the only reason imvu is doing this is to save face with their business partners.

Way to go help pick away at the constitution for the almighty dollar IMVU!


Not trying to be rude here Rage, but freedom of speech does not apply on the internet.

IMVU has decided they do not want the image the confederate flag holds to represent their business, and as is such they do have that right.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Confederate Flag - Not Okay on IMVU Reply with quote

Varsha wrote:
we are confident our community will support this move.



Wrong....That flag was a symbol of southern heritage long before it ever became this so called symbol of hatred.

Learn from the past, removing references regarding such unpleasantries will only cause us to repeat them over again in the future.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what's wrong with American history? Civil war flag, North vs South, Union vs Confederacy? Why is a flag representing a civil war in history being used as a symbol for race war? It's not a flag that represents the past causing harm it's people's ill minds and lack of mental disorder treatment causing the disturbance in lives today with killings to be honest.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since IMVU is removing one flag why not remove all flags including the American Flag as it should represent hate towards the millions of Native Americans that was unjustly slaughtered for their land for America to become what it is now. A P.O.S country that is intentionally dividing it's people into categories. The removal of one flag that is found offensive should mean the removal of all flags.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Change noted. I'll inform the members of my badge group that those images aren't allowed anymore and I'll start removing any that are posted.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also question: can we get a mass message sent out to everyone about this or a blue bar announcement? Just so people aren't confused when products start vanishing.

Apologies if there is one already, I don't see it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So does this mean the Nazi symbol, the black panther fist in the air symbol are also UFI?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SilkySweet wrote:
So does this mean the Nazi symbol, the black panther fist in the air symbol are also UFI?


Nazi symbol has been ufi for a while.

Debate on the black panther fist if you recall some discussion on it from a few years ago. (I think IMVU used it in an advert then rescinded it as poor taste)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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xXPsychoSadistXx wrote:
Since IMVU is removing one flag why not remove all flags including the American Flag as it should represent hate towards the millions of Native Americans that was unjustly slaughtered for their land for America to become what it is now. A P.O.S country that is intentionally dividing it's people into categories. The removal of one flag that is found offensive should mean the removal of all flags.


As well as the removal of the race baiters such as Obama!


Obama isn't a race baiter. I don't feel it is okay to insult our current President like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatalPoison wrote:
RageViolation wrote:
xXPsychoSadistXx wrote:
Since IMVU is removing one flag why not remove all flags including the American Flag as it should represent hate towards the millions of Native Americans that was unjustly slaughtered for their land for America to become what it is now. A P.O.S country that is intentionally dividing it's people into categories. The removal of one flag that is found offensive should mean the removal of all flags.


As well as the removal of the race baiters such as Obama!


Obama isn't a race baiter. I don't feel it is okay to insult our current President like that.


He openly used racial slurrs on public television what would you call it?...
come on please stop trying to insult our intelligence he has baited everything he can from Ferguson to S.C which btw the SC shooter said God told him to it was not about race it was the media and Obama who once again turned it to a hate crime so again I say we ban him as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatalPoison wrote:
RageViolation wrote:
xXPsychoSadistXx wrote:
Since IMVU is removing one flag why not remove all flags including the American Flag as it should represent hate towards the millions of Native Americans that was unjustly slaughtered for their land for America to become what it is now. A P.O.S country that is intentionally dividing it's people into categories. The removal of one flag that is found offensive should mean the removal of all flags.


As well as the removal of the race baiters such as Obama!


Obama isn't a race baiter. I don't feel it is okay to insult our current President like that.


I agree with Fatal.
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