Blogger, the hosts of millions of blogs inclunding this one, just launched a new feature called "Flag as objectionable". You don't like the blog you are reading? Click on the flag!
Censorship? No, Blogger says: "The Flag button is not censorship and it cannot be manipulated by angry mobs". They explain that they want to prevent spam blogs or illegal contents, which they will delete. And they will unlist blogs with questionable content.
The usual questions come to mind: What is an offensive content? Illegal blog... under which law? Etc.
I understand Blogger wants to do something against "interferences". What puzzles me is that Blogger seem confident in their users: "So we're relying on you, the users, to be our eyes on the web ..." (this sounds scary to me).
Can the blogging community as a whole help identify content they deem objectionable? Is it possible to try to build "global standards" of decency, for example? And won't spam bloggers try to disrupt the system, by flagging every blog they can?