This is a shame. +Brandon Campeaux with more than 1/4 million followers leaves G+ because of repeated death threats and no action at all by Google to interfere. G+ needs to be a safe place irrespective of your religion, gender or opinion!
He has been outspoken about censorship on G+ as well as on religious issues. In both cases he was quite moderate by posting fashion shoots which would be on every coffee table in New York or any European city. His religious view was quite simple: he was an atheist and not ashamed of it.
He has afaik never posted anything against the policy nor has he ever done more than post his personal views in his own time line. He didn´t comment and actively advocate his personal views in other peoples topics. He was just feeding his large audience with daily posts of which a tiny fraction consisted of his views on nudity in fashion, censorship as a principle and his belief there is no god at all. So anyone who felt offended could just uncircle him if their religion made them feel uncomfortable.
But that didn´t happen. Nor did the G+ team interfere while they were in contact about the censorship issues, so he wrote:Tonight I received 4 separate death threats through Google+. That brings the total for the month of December way over 10. I’ve reported each account & flagged the individual death threats. Google responded by doing nothing. Not one account suspension
It´s as shame nobody at Google did anything with these death threats which he duly reported. While some of images were manually reviewed and subsequently reinstated or sometimes taken down because of the remarkable ´tea party like´ attitude of the photo review team, nobody at Google cared enough to do something with the reported death wishes. As Google has a real name policy they have an extra responsibility as hunting people down at their homes or work place is easy. He has mentioned my name in his last post as he knows I will take action. But he also mentioned +Nicolas Charbonnier
the G+ community manager who should have stepped in. See his linked last post.
I hope that we can have a public debate with input from the G+ team how this could have happened and how this can be solved. +Brandon Campeaux
was a great guy who mostly highlighted the best of photography in the world and got it to a huge G+ audience.
I was aware of the build up of frustration and stress as he had to battle with +Brian Rose
over photos which just showed two man with naked upper bodies. The images were taken down just because some people are zealots by nature and on purpose subscribed to his stream to flag down images. The same happened with his religious stance. Everyone is free to believe whatever they do. As a global platform G+ will represent hundreds of different gods and belief systems. If you don´t like an atheist and really feel offended an incidental post about it, you can uncircle, but no that was not enough.
People started following him to flag down his posts, to threaten him and finally the real zealots came up with death threats. If the G+ team had the time to manually review photos on the slim chance of finding a nipple somewhere they could have spend some of that time to actively help this public figure on G+.
How can it be that a poster with more than 250.000 followers who is clearly being harassed doesn´t get all the help from the G+ team.
I got to know +Brandon Campeaux
since we both began on G+ and we have kept in close contact ever since. I have personally witnessed how much this haunted him and how desperate he became after asking for help from the powers that be. I haven´t spoken with him before posting this so it´s my post and not his. Check the link for his last message.
He never got decent support from the G+ team and I can´t understand why it had to end this way: a really popular poster with a large following withdraws all his posts from G+ because the G+ team fails to actPlease share this as much as you can to cause the needed uproar and get the G+ team to take action
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