I’ve deleted a comment made by someone about the hate speech on Mashada, not because I disagree with the concerns raised but because I know the links included would have been bait for guys to respond with their own hateful comments.
I have recently had a conversation with David about the kinds of inciteful and hateful speech that people are putting up on Mashada, and what he was doing about it – beyond my disgust with what people are putting up there… I was/am concerned that it would undermine the wonderful work that he is doing with Ushahidi. David says he’s swamped and the moderators are burning out fast. He tried to shut down the website for a week, but that didn’t help. He is considering paying moderators, but is also welcoming ideas from others (any willing to help him with moderating).
UPDATE: Mashada’s forums have been shut down. David, I’m sure this was a difficult step, but very much a necessary one. For those who are defending the right to free speech or to be aware of “situations” (please read this, I draw the line when that kind of speech is fueling the killings we are seeing in Kenya. No apologies. I don’t see any of those columnists advocating for open season comments and blogging, writing from an environment where people are hacking and burning each other to death with no end in sight.
I can’t speak for everyone who is blogging or hosting a chat room, but here’s my two cents…while opinions and emotions are heated and people need an outlet to voice their opinions; while it is sometimes difficult to know where to draw the line; while it is difficult to balance what we do on a voluntary basis and provide the forums that we provide vs. trying to pay the bills, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to make sure that when people are called to account for what has happened in Kenya (and I do hope there will be accounting one day), blogs and chatrooms are not high on the list of forums that were propagating hate.