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Flickr Censors Obama Joker Photo

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 21, 2009 7:00PM

Alkhateeb's original image, deleted by Flickr but uploaded again by Thomas Hawk

Earlier this week, the identity of the man behind the original Obama Joker photo was revealed: Firas Alkhateeb, a student at the University of Illinois. Now, Alkhateeb isn't responsible for those "Socialism" posters that have gotten everyone in a tizzy out in Los Angeles. But Alkhateeb did originally post his Photoshop experiment on image hosting website Flickr. Until recently, when Flickr decided to delete the image. Thomas Hawk has more on this issue, as well as a great overview on Flickr's statement on the matter. TechCrunch also has an interesting take and looks at Flickr getting delete happy by shutting down a forum dedicated to the topic of the image.