Second Life hitting child porn problems?

The Second Life Herald is reporting on problems in Linden Labs’ Second Life with child porn due to allowing anonymous users to come in there (a credit card used to be required).

I haven’t been back to Second Life since Gnomedex last year because I can’t bring my son into there (the rules don’t allow it, for one, and for two they allow the worst kind of human behavior on their system). I wish it were different, cause it had a lot of promise and my son really loved being in there building stuff. And don’t tell me about the teen grid. Patrick checked that out and promptly labeled it as “lame” when compared with the adult version. Also, the fun thing we’d do is work on our virtual office together. If he’s in the teen grid we couldn’t do that.

Anyway, these issues are yet to be worked out it seems. I talked with an executive with a big multinational company over the weekend who had a successful Second Life island and he told me they are considering pulling out of Second Life. Mostly because they couldn’t get more than about 65 people into their island, which limited its usefulness to do things like press conferences and such.

UPDATE: Project Open Letter has a letter to Linden Labs about ongoing stability problems. Seems that the natives are unhappy with Linden Labs. Anything else going on? I wonder what Eric Rice thinks about all this.

Oh, and I’m still paying my monthly fee cause I’m too lazy to call them and cancel my account.

69 thoughts on “Second Life hitting child porn problems?

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  3. I’m on the teen grid in SL, and another family member in the household is on the adult grid (he is an adult). I hear and see the craziest things from him, and in some ways wish I was on adult SL. There re hundreds, nay, thousands, of things to do in adult land, while in teen, we don’t even have people who can make interesting sims. Actually, while my oter family member tells me of all these”sims” he can go to, I feel depressed. We have a small strip if land in our SL, and a few small islands. Just about everything is extremely typical of teens, we have clubs, often with no music, we have our malls, and other shopping places, and there is simply no originality or true creativity. Most of the girls are simply large breasted, mini skirt wearing, blondies, with shiny necklaces, while the guys are either “big pimpin” or “gangsta”, or some sort of butchered demon thing. Sure we have our Furries, and they have their own little Plateau thing. But that’s it. Teens, and kids simply do not have the kind of cash to truly be as creative as possible. If I had the money, I’d learn scripting and building and have tons of fun. But I don’t have the greenbacks to do that kind of thing.
    Now, about the pornography. Yes, in adult SL, porn, sex, and all sorts of things are extremely popular, and big moneymakers. Prostitutes, strippers, people who give you massages naked (seen it), are big business boomers. My family member has told me you can buy, fake avatar porn, a fake mini DVD player, and watch your fake porn on a fake TV, in a fake game. Yes that’s sad, but is no different then the real world in some ways. That movie coming out? “Captivity”? It’s about a sick twisted person doing sick twisted things, yet you can take your child and they can watch it. Thee is no way in life you can ever get rid os sick desperate people, in teen SL, men (and women), will walk up to you and ask for all sorts of things. A friend of mine, was mildly sexually harassed the other day, so what did I do? I did the same thing I would do toa pervert in the streets, or even at school. I told the guy off, called him pathetic and made him leave the area. He then went on to the next girl. Unfortunately, younger girls, from 12 to 13, don’t get it. They don’t understand that these people are perverted, they say, “Hy, this guy thinks I’m hot, why not encourage him?” Same for men. Though I must say I usually see the naivety in girls. It’s like middle school really, the pervertedness is not really better just because it’s labelled “Teen”, and I’ve seen early signs of sexual objects and the like in the grid. Beds with “positions” and more. I think sometimes people forget that some teens (not all mind you) are really no different then adults. They have the same mindsets, same desires, and same houghts. I’m used to sexual things, from talks in the classroom to walking in on your parents, to seeing it IN school. Not all teens are exactly the most innocent, nor ignorant people. I’m not saying teens should be on adult SL, that would be terrible, I think restrictions should be stricter on adult SL, wheter teens are in them or not. My family member on the adult grid says it’s pretty hard to walk down a public street and not see pornography, thus I almost don’t want to play. (Or am I allowed to) Second Life simply needs a little stricter policies. Certain places will be allowed to have porn, and should have a clear label saying so. I hope I didn’t rant too much, but (1.)Teen is just nothing compared to Adult SL, personally I think things should be somewhat cheaper, including premium accounts (2.)There should be stricter policies in SL, whether teens are there or not (3.)Just because we hit 18, does not make us mature intelligent people, instead of teen “horndogs” or that being under 18 makes us tupid, ignorant people who need to be EXTREMELY protected. It truly should be up to the parents. (Sadly). (4.) I wish it wasn’t so laggy. :(
    Thanks for actually reading this if you did. I hope it’s not too long.

  4. I’m on the teen grid in SL, and another family member in the household is on the adult grid (he is an adult). I hear and see the craziest things from him, and in some ways wish I was on adult SL. There re hundreds, nay, thousands, of things to do in adult land, while in teen, we don’t even have people who can make interesting sims. Actually, while my oter family member tells me of all these”sims” he can go to, I feel depressed. We have a small strip if land in our SL, and a few small islands. Just about everything is extremely typical of teens, we have clubs, often with no music, we have our malls, and other shopping places, and there is simply no originality or true creativity. Most of the girls are simply large breasted, mini skirt wearing, blondies, with shiny necklaces, while the guys are either “big pimpin” or “gangsta”, or some sort of butchered demon thing. Sure we have our Furries, and they have their own little Plateau thing. But that’s it. Teens, and kids simply do not have the kind of cash to truly be as creative as possible. If I had the money, I’d learn scripting and building and have tons of fun. But I don’t have the greenbacks to do that kind of thing.
    Now, about the pornography. Yes, in adult SL, porn, sex, and all sorts of things are extremely popular, and big moneymakers. Prostitutes, strippers, people who give you massages naked (seen it), are big business boomers. My family member has told me you can buy, fake avatar porn, a fake mini DVD player, and watch your fake porn on a fake TV, in a fake game. Yes that’s sad, but is no different then the real world in some ways. That movie coming out? “Captivity”? It’s about a sick twisted person doing sick twisted things, yet you can take your child and they can watch it. Thee is no way in life you can ever get rid os sick desperate people, in teen SL, men (and women), will walk up to you and ask for all sorts of things. A friend of mine, was mildly sexually harassed the other day, so what did I do? I did the same thing I would do toa pervert in the streets, or even at school. I told the guy off, called him pathetic and made him leave the area. He then went on to the next girl. Unfortunately, younger girls, from 12 to 13, don’t get it. They don’t understand that these people are perverted, they say, “Hy, this guy thinks I’m hot, why not encourage him?” Same for men. Though I must say I usually see the naivety in girls. It’s like middle school really, the pervertedness is not really better just because it’s labelled “Teen”, and I’ve seen early signs of sexual objects and the like in the grid. Beds with “positions” and more. I think sometimes people forget that some teens (not all mind you) are really no different then adults. They have the same mindsets, same desires, and same houghts. I’m used to sexual things, from talks in the classroom to walking in on your parents, to seeing it IN school. Not all teens are exactly the most innocent, nor ignorant people. I’m not saying teens should be on adult SL, that would be terrible, I think restrictions should be stricter on adult SL, wheter teens are in them or not. My family member on the adult grid says it’s pretty hard to walk down a public street and not see pornography, thus I almost don’t want to play. (Or am I allowed to) Second Life simply needs a little stricter policies. Certain places will be allowed to have porn, and should have a clear label saying so. I hope I didn’t rant too much, but (1.)Teen is just nothing compared to Adult SL, personally I think things should be somewhat cheaper, including premium accounts (2.)There should be stricter policies in SL, whether teens are there or not (3.)Just because we hit 18, does not make us mature intelligent people, instead of teen “horndogs” or that being under 18 makes us tupid, ignorant people who need to be EXTREMELY protected. It truly should be up to the parents. (Sadly). (4.) I wish it wasn’t so laggy. :(
    Thanks for actually reading this if you did. I hope it’s not too long.

  5. The anti-pedo crusaders are surely playing a large role in all of this. Age verification has now become mandatory for anyone SL targets for whatever reason they conjure, or lack thereof. They are disabling accounts at will, until provided with player ID. So it’s an either give in or get out proposition. I saw a tastelessy amusing photo which jolly well sums up my position on this new policy. Here’s the link… viewer beware.

    http://img177.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=61407_ID_THIS_123_436lo.jpg

  6. The anti-pedo crusaders are surely playing a large role in all of this. Age verification has now become mandatory for anyone SL targets for whatever reason they conjure, or lack thereof. They are disabling accounts at will, until provided with player ID. So it’s an either give in or get out proposition. I saw a tastelessy amusing photo which jolly well sums up my position on this new policy. Here’s the link… viewer beware.

    http://img177.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=61407_ID_THIS_123_436lo.jpg

  7. @12: “That would solve all your problems for both you and your kids right there.”

    Except that @Home is over 18′s only.

    Any problems with age verification that LL has encountered will also be encountered by Sony.

  8. @12: “That would solve all your problems for both you and your kids right there.”

    Except that @Home is over 18′s only.

    Any problems with age verification that LL has encountered will also be encountered by Sony.

  9. @29:

    They may be skiddish about using a recent Microsoftie as a Beta tester.

    From the video I saw, and things I’ve read about @home, I don’t think it will measure up to SecondLife. It looks more like something with pre-fabricated common areas where you can meet people and select online (multi-player) games to play, and then you will have your own little “apartment” to keep your stuff in.

    Nothing wrong with all that, and for people with a PS3 and the desire to use it, it will certainly be a cool thing. But I don’t see it as a full replacement for SL, where you can do your own scripting, build larger structures, etc.

    Never can tell, one of these days, Sony or Microsoft may decide to make SL an extension of their online systems.

  10. @29:

    They may be skiddish about using a recent Microsoftie as a Beta tester.

    From the video I saw, and things I’ve read about @home, I don’t think it will measure up to SecondLife. It looks more like something with pre-fabricated common areas where you can meet people and select online (multi-player) games to play, and then you will have your own little “apartment” to keep your stuff in.

    Nothing wrong with all that, and for people with a PS3 and the desire to use it, it will certainly be a cool thing. But I don’t see it as a full replacement for SL, where you can do your own scripting, build larger structures, etc.

    Never can tell, one of these days, Sony or Microsoft may decide to make SL an extension of their online systems.

  11. The real question is, will anybody be using 2nd life anymore when @home is out of beta and in the next PS3 update?

    Why use 2nd life when there’s a nicer, cleaner, and better version right on your TV screen with no extra software updates or fees?

    Why?

    I think it’s strange that even with all the pull Scoble supposedly has he couldn’t get an @home invite from Sony to be a beta tester.
    That would have seemed like the ideal solution for a family setting?

  12. The real question is, will anybody be using 2nd life anymore when @home is out of beta and in the next PS3 update?

    Why use 2nd life when there’s a nicer, cleaner, and better version right on your TV screen with no extra software updates or fees?

    Why?

    I think it’s strange that even with all the pull Scoble supposedly has he couldn’t get an @home invite from Sony to be a beta tester.
    That would have seemed like the ideal solution for a family setting?

  13. I left SL a few months ago. But for one i know one thing. They will never and cant get rid of kids on the adult grid. Its not possible. Kid’s are almost starting to type as well or better than Adults on the grid. And not all kids go in SL for the “porn” factor. Like you mentioned in your post many go there because of the lack of content in the Teen grid.

    P.S, Go into your SL Account and select “Upgrade and Downgrade account” and just downgrade to a Basic account to stop that 9.99 monthly fee ;) You dont have to call them. Or you can delete the account all together.

  14. I left SL a few months ago. But for one i know one thing. They will never and cant get rid of kids on the adult grid. Its not possible. Kid’s are almost starting to type as well or better than Adults on the grid. And not all kids go in SL for the “porn” factor. Like you mentioned in your post many go there because of the lack of content in the Teen grid.

    P.S, Go into your SL Account and select “Upgrade and Downgrade account” and just downgrade to a Basic account to stop that 9.99 monthly fee ;) You dont have to call them. Or you can delete the account all together.

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