BY JAMES SCOTT/ JULY 16, 2023

People Were Permitted To Use The N-Word As Part of Their User Names on Bluesky

Before this week, Bluesky, the up-and-coming decentralized alternative to Twitter, had no system to automatically restrict anyone from registering usernames that included the n-word as part of their handle.

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This change was made this week. On Wednesday, the firm was made aware of many instances of individuals using the derogatory term as part of their username.

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And even though Bluesky subsequently found a solution to the problem, many people are dissatisfied that the startup did not appear to apologize for the lapse.

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Instead, Bluesky appeared to portray the event as a one-time occurrence promptly dealt with early on Saturday morning, several days after the occurrence.

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"On Wednesday, users brought to our attention an account that used a derogatory term as its handle. According to the firm, "This handle violated our community guidelines, and it was our mistake that allowed it to be created."

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"Forty minutes after the issue was brought to our attention, the account in question was closed, and the vulnerability in the software that had enabled this to take place was patched."

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