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Verizon says website is "explicitly blocked"

Many people will agree that consumers should have unfettered access to the internet via wireless and landline connections. There have been instances where access to specific websites and specific types of traffic have been filtered or outright blocked by ISPs and wireless carriers. In July 2009, AT&T Wireless blocked access to the 4chan message boards.

The 4chan site is a message board that reportedly has as many as 200,000 messages posted each day. 

The issue with the site and wireless carriers stems from the site being used to launch different types of internet attacks ranging from mere pranks to more serious network attacks. The website is reporting that it is being blocked by Verizon Wireless. The site posted a statement to its front page that read, "Over the past 72 hours, we've been receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers having difficulty accessing the image boards."

4chan went on to claim that only traffic on port 80 was being blocked leading it to believe that the site had been intentionally blocked and that some sort of problem was not causing Verizon Wireless users to not be able to access the site. A 4chan administrator going by "moot" wrote that Verizon had been contacted and a Verizon representative said, "You'll need the customer to call to request it be unblocked."

The same user "moot" reported yesterday that after contacting the Verizon Network Repair Bureau the response received was that the site had been explicitly blocked. It's hard to say whether this is a good or a bad thing. If the site is a rally point for attacks online, some might argue that cutting the site off is a good thing. However, once you start down the slope of censoring and blocking content that some deem objectionable, those that use the same site for legitimate reasons are sure to be angered.

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By Brandon Hill on 2/8/2010 10:46:29 AM , Rating: 4
Verizon Wireless Blocks 4chan

And the web is now a tiny bit safer ;-)

RE: 4han
By bhieb on 2/8/2010 11:15:58 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, and with regards to.

However, once you start down the slope of censoring and blocking content that some deem objectionable, those that use the same site for legitimate reasons are sure to be angered.

On a home PC I can install web filters and such to keep less educated users from going to "bad" sites. On a phone however I do need to rely on the carrier for such protection.

Don't censor me at my home ISP sure, but on my phone I have no other filtering options other than what my carrier provides. Now I do think they should allow the user to modify these blocks if they choose to assume the risk.

RE: 4han
By GaryJohnson on 2/8/2010 1:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
What the heck are you talking about?

Every decent smartphone browser has built in filtering or a filtering add-on.

RE: 4han
By omnicronx on 2/8/2010 3:05:38 PM , Rating: 2
Don't kid yourself, BB doesnt do it, Apple doesnt do it WinMo doesnt do it and neither does Palm. There are a few third party add block solutions, but they are not very good and they are certainly not built in.

RE: 4han
By omnicronx on 2/8/2010 12:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I don't really see how you can call a company blocking a site like this as a slippery slope either. Shaping traffic to stop the need to have to upgrade your network or blocking explicit content/content you don't agree with is one thing, but if Verizon for whatever reason feels that the site is an actually security risk, they should have the right to block it. i.e I don't think you can really consider this censorship (if the story is even true)

That being said this still seems premature, for all we know it could have been blocked because of a particular user in a particular area, and could very well be temporary.

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