Posted by Chris
This blog has been given a fresh new look and a facility for readers to vote on topical issues has been added.
I have been interested in the debate about you tube and the dreadful pictures of youngsters being beaten up outside school. Having watched on TV the response from one of the owners of the site who appeared to over do the "we will not be sensored" bit I do think they need to introduce much firmer moderating. Showing anonymous films of kids being beaten up outside school is wrong.
Having been an enthusiastic contributor to a local website for three years I became more and more frustrated with the lack of moderation on the site. Political opponents were able to join in under various, anonymous, lables and slag the hell out of you with very little protection from the person in charge of the site. There are now hundreds of sites like this and many people, who would like to contribute are put off by the abusive and irresponsible posters.
Free speech is one thing but people should have the courage of their convictions and show good faith by saying who they really are.
To test out the new poll I have started with one on you tube.