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    Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I知 Really Mad

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      Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I知 Really Mad

      Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I知 Really Mad | TorrentFreak
      ISPs exist to provide us with unfettered access to the Internet, not the version they or their technology partners feels is appropriate for us. Their 叢arental controls do not achieve their stated aim of 菟rotecting children and are already causing collateral damage by blocking totally innocent sites such as the one you are reading now. It痴 hard not to get angry when you realize your website痴 accessibility is becoming disabled by default.

      Someone once told me never to go food shopping when hungry, never to argue when drunk, and more recently never to write when angry. Take a deep breath, go for a run, get the aggression out anyway you can first, I was advised. I致e done all of that this morning and none of it has worked. In fact, I might be even more fired up than before. This website blocking nonsense that is beginning to pollute the Internet has gone way too far and is becoming my sworn enemy.

      Here at TF we致e long been opponents of website blocking. It痴 a blunt instrument that is prone to causing collateral damage and known for failing to achieve its stated aims. We recently discovered that thanks to Sky痴 Broadband Shield filtering system, TorrentFreak is now blocked on one of the UK痴 largest ISPs by users who think they are protecting their kids.

      Our crimes are the topics we cover. As readers know we write about file-sharing, copyright and closely linked issues including privacy and web censorship. We write about the positives and the negatives of those topics and we solicit comments from not only the swarthiest of pirates, but also the most hated anti-piracy people on the planet.

      If the MPAA, RIAA, FACT, BPI, RightsAlliance, BREIN and every DMCA takedown company on earth want to have their say they can do that, alongside the folks at The Pirate Bay. We won稚 deny anyone their voice, whether it痴 someone being raided by the police or the people who instigated the raid. Getting the news out is paramount.

      We are not scared to let anyone have their say and we embrace free speech. But apparently the people at Sky and their technology masters at Symantec believe that we should be denied our right to communicate on the basis that we REPORT NEWS about file-sharing issues.

      That痴 just utter nonsense.

      Symantec write about viruses and malware ALL THE TIME, so are they placed in the malware and virus category? Of course not. Thanks to their very own self-categorization process they wear the 典echnology and Telecommunication label. Is their website blocked by any of their own filters? I won稚 even bother answering that.

      Examining other sites helpfully categorized by Symantec and blindly accepted by Sky reveals no more clarity either. UK ISP Virgin Media runs its own Usenet access, customers can find it at news.virginmedia.com. From there it痴 possible to download every possible copyrighted movie and TV show around today, yet that service is listed by Symantec as a 典echnology and Telecommunication / Portal site. Download.com, possibly the world痴 largest distributer of file-sharing software, is also green-lighted through.

      On the other hand, TorrentFreak which neither offers or links to copyrighted files and hosts no file-sharing software whatsoever is blocked for any Sky household filtered for under 18s? Really? Our news site is suitable for all ages yet when Sky痴 teenager filter is turned on we are put on the same level as porn, suicide, self harm, violence and gore.

      Are you kidding me?

      Thanks to Ernesto痴 annual most-pirated charts we have been cited countless dozens of times in the past few weeks by fellow news resources all over the Internet. Yet Sky users who are 菟rotecting their children find that when they try to follow the link to the source of those stories they are effectively informed that TorrentFreak is unsuitable for anyone under 18. What does that do for our reputation?

      As an earlier statement from Sky points out, the parental filters can be modified to let certain sites through, TorrentFreak.com included. However, when someone in a family asks the account holder for a site to be unblocked (they are the only person who can do that), why would they do so when Sky and Symantec make it very clear on their block screen that we are a file-sharing site? Who will most people believe, a teenager or a 途espectable corporation that cares so much about kids? Furthermore, what are the chances that the account holder even remembers how to turn filtering off once the initial 租efault on settings are accepted?

      There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free Internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them.

      I知 calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorize this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people痴 legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody痴 interests to wrongfully block legitimate information.

      And to Sky, please don稚 try pretending that you池e actually trying to stop file-sharing with your parental controls, because if you really meant business you would have blocked the actual protocols, not merely some websites. But that would cost you money in customer churn, and we obviously need to avoid that at all costs.


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      Re: Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I知 Really Mad

      And to Sky, please don’t try pretending that you’re actually trying to stop file-sharing with your parental controls,
      I did not thing they claimed to. The object of the filters is to stop access by children to nasty sites, stopping illegal file sharing is a completely different exercise.

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      Re: Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I知 Really Mad

      It appears that Sky has now fixed this issue.

      BBC News - Sky updates porn filter after row over blocking
      Sky has updated its porn filters following anger that they blocked a legitimate news website.

      The filters are intended to allow parents to ensure children cannot view adult content.

      But the automatic blocking of all file-sharing sites meant that news site TorrentFreak and other legitimate sites were also blocked.

      Following publicity, Sky said that it had decided to tweak its filters to unblock the file-sharing news site.

      "The categorisation of torrentfreak.com has now been updated so that the site will no longer be filtered by Sky Broadband Shield," the firm told the BBC.

      "If at any time a website owner believes they have been unfairly filtered or miscategorised by Sky Broadband Shield, they can contact Sky and we will look into it as soon as we can," it added.

      TorrentFreak editor-in-chief Ernesto van der Dar welcomed the change of heart...
      I wonder just how many other sites are incorrectly listed and therefore blocked?

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