I just flagged him. I suspect he’ll get scared and delete soon, but you can flag too
There seems to be a fair amount of trolls on Kottu revealing personal information. This has disheartened some bloggers, but I was doing some reading and there are protections. Passionately Patient is already removed from wordpress.com for violating their terms of service (not me, someone else reported). I’m looking at how the Blogger Content Policy. For now you can ‘Flag’ his blog as objectionable (as shown above). If you do find it objectionable.
The thing with Nibras Bawa is that he keeps posting peoples personal details and then removing them. Presumably cause he’s scared, or just wants the attention and not the consequences. I’m not really able to gauge his psychological state. However, we can do something about it when people like him try to hurt and defame other people.
Basically, Blogger has the ‘Flag’ button right there. Only issue is that he posts private information and deletes it. This makes it difficult to flag him in time, but it also makes his reveals of private information ultimately toothless. So I dunno. I think it may be fine to ignore him now.
However, in the future, if someone in Blogger reveals your private information, just click the ‘Flag’ button above their blog. On the next page you can click the radio box for ‘Someone is posting my private information’. The only reveal hes has up now is my old address and number, so I selected the publishing unlisted phone number option. And then they’ll look into it. I think the case is pretty clear, he is publishing an unlisted phone number and that’s a violation on Blogger.
I’m assuming that Bawa will see this and take it down cause he’s a bit of a coward that way. However, in the future, if he ever posts someone’s details just flag him as objectionable immediately. It’s a community evaluation, so it helps if more people flag him.
Again, this is bloody waste of time when there’s a humanitarian disaster going on, but I suppose the Kottu terms needed to be cleared up sometime. I’m going to redraft it in line with the EFF’s Blogger’s Rights and link to the Blogger Content Policy and WordPress.com Terms Of Service. In about a week though, mad busy, people are in a bit of bad shape up North.
Regardless, bloggers do have rights. You have them on Kottu, you have them on Blogger and you have them on WordPress. Self hosted blogs are their own world, but bloggers have legal rights as well. You do have a right to privacy. If you report it people will protect you.
Please note that insults and hurt feelings do not count. You have to sort that out with your wits, there’s nothing I or any third party can or should do about that. That’s part of the blogosphere. Threatening people and revealing private information is not. You can and should report it. Contact me, flag the blog on Blogger or file a complaint on WordPress.com.
What Bawa and Passionately Patient have done is wrong, and that’s not just my or anyone else’s opinion. It’s in the terms of service of every major blogging platform, and it’s the law. We can do something about it.