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John Edwards’ Second Life HQ Vandalized

Posted by SIM on March 2, 2007

Mar. 2 – KGO – According to a blog post on the John Edwards ’08 Web site, “a group of Republican Second Life users, some sporting ‘Bush ’08’ tags,” vandalized the presidential candidate’s Second Life online headquarters on February 26.

The vandalism included “Marxist/Lenninist posters and slogans, a feces spewing obscenity, and a photoshopped picture of John in blackface.”

Second Life is a 3D online virtual world where content is created by the residents that inhabit it.

Catherine Smith, director of marketing for Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, issued the following comment to ABC7:

“The world of Second Life is host to wide variety of groups, with equally wide ranging opinions and perspectives. At Linden Lab we do the utmost to ensure the protection of creative expression, within certain bounds. Ultimately, instances in which residents engage in vandalism will have to be taken on a case by case basis according to our terms of service.

It should be noted that the sheer volume of in-world activity prevents Linden Lab from being able to police all in-world activities, nor was it ever our intention to do so. Rather, we are actively working with the community to foster a self-governing community, where residents are empowered to act on things they feel strongly about, and adjudicate such disputes.”

The author of the blog post says an abuse report has been filed with Linden Lab.

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