Human-powered search engine. Do you hear it?

@sutent (1061)
China
August 11, 2009 6:58am CST
Hi, Recently, a picture about a fashinable girls abuse a stray cat was exposed on internet. The girl was found out and criticized at last by many netizens endeavour with the help of internet. Subsuqently, human-powered search engine/human flesh search sweep all over China. and it was described as online vigilantes by many netizens. Those netizens make use of internet as human-powered searcg engine to find and punish those immoral people. As the popularity of human flesh search, goole also provide the public mailbox renou-jobs@google.com for help. (by the way, renrou is the pronunciation of the Chinese) Do you hear it? Or another term in your country? And what's your opinion? Happy mylotting!
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
Hi sutent, I never heard about this. If this thing happen here the only party to look after it is a police. I think its have a pro and con on that method. This is a good way to punish some ignorant and cruel people. And if they dare to publish their cruel activities on the net, they should be punish on the net too. They deserved it. What I am afraid about this is a mistaken identity. Since sometimes they face of the offender is not very clear, mistaken identity could be happen. To punish people who didn't done that thing is a very cruel. You can say sorry to him/her but the humiliation is forever. Some people might use the information for other purpose too.
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@jb78000 (15173)
11 Aug 09
we've had some instances of viligantes and mistaken identity here too. they usually target paedophiles, or rather those they think are paedophiles. one of the most publicised was when a group of them attacked a paediatrician (children's doctor) obviously because they got the words confused.
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@sutent (1061)
• China
11 Aug 09
Hi akuler, Thanks for your attention again. Yes, you are right. It contains both positive and negative. In positive side, it play a supervisory role on the immoral or inapproiate phenomennon, especially those things beyond the legal binding. In nagative side, it may cause power abuse, such as excessive punishment, mistaken use, getting personal benefit. Additionally, personal privacy is defenitely violated. So in some province, it had be probibitted by legislation, just like you said. have a good night!
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@sutent (1061)
• China
11 Aug 09
Hi akuler, I am completely agree with you that to put the law in personal hand is against law. We have no right to do anything to punishment anybody for justice. Only court of law can do that. So it was prohibitted by legislation. It is a good start to prohibit it by legislation. Have a good night!
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@jb78000 (15173)
11 Aug 09
can you explain this a bit further?
@sutent (1061)
• China
11 Aug 09
Hi jb78000, Thanks for your support. Yes, of course. It's my pleasure to do that. Due to the behavior of the fashionable girls was consider by most netizens as inapproiate, the netizens make use of internet to find out her privacy informaiton, such as address, work company, and criticize him on internet. Subquently, netizens found that it is a very useful to use internet to find out those people, whose behavior is considered as immoral or inapproiate. Those netizens consider them as and punish vigilantes. the term "Human flash search engine" was created subsuqentely and popular all over the China. It is used to describe the sites where internet vigilantes people track down and publish personal details (name, home address, workplace, phone number etc)of those they believe have engaged in some kind of behavior worthing punishing. Needless to say, those peiple have no right to do that. And in some province, it was illegal. DO you got that? Happy mylotting!
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@jb78000 (15173)
11 Aug 09
that is shocking, as well as being an invasion of privacy it's putting people in danger. and difficult to stop i'd imagine.
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@sutent (1061)
• China
11 Aug 09
Hi, yes, you are right. It is defenitely that the behavior of huaman flash search violates the personal privacy right, no matter what those netizens aim to. By the way, please help me decide if there are any grammer mistakes on the above sentence. I am not very sure about it. Happy mylotting!
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