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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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RE: mootblox
By Yawgm0th on 2/8/2010 12:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
Site's gotten way out of hand anyway. Lots of spambots, people downloading viruses, mods perma-banning anyone for even casually mentioning some kind of offensive site (I'm not sure it's even safe to post youtube links anymore).
Also, child porn. Oh, and child porn. That and child porn.

4Chan has one problem. Everything else is just an annoyance.

I don't think it should be censored or blocked by any ISP, but the FBI probably should have made Moot come up with a better way to control content or shut the site down years ago. Imageboards in general have been way out of hand for a long time, but 4chan is the biggest offender.

RE: mootblox
By Earthmonger on 2/8/2010 12:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
If Verizon is intentionally 4chan, good. The one and only time that I visited that site, child pornography was very much "in your face". I judge the whole of 4chan by that one visit. Any, is too much.

RE: mootblox
By Icehearted on 2/8/2010 1:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
I've been pretty lucky and haven't stumbled into that garbage. My understanding is that mods are pretty fast on the trigger when CP is posted. I guess it depends on which parts of the board you visit most.

RE: mootblox
By Yawgm0th on 2/8/2010 4:36:36 PM , Rating: 1
/b/, the "random" board, needs to be renamed CP central. If you so much as click on /b/ and don't see child porn or a CP thread of some kind, it is a fortunate day. And of course /b/tards are going to troll other boards, so it's not restricted to /b/. The mods are anything but fast about keeping /b/ clean.

The point is that /b/ exists largely for the purpose of distributing child porn. It's an integral part of Moot's business. It's not like it's some sort of computer science-y secret. It's a well known, highly popular US-based web-site on which child porn can be reliably and constantly found.

That's the problem with 4Chan. But it should be the FBI's problem, not the ISPs. Truthfully, despite my whining, there's no good solution that doesn't violate the integrity of an open, free Internet.

RE: mootblox
By cmdrdredd on 2/8/2010 5:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing on /b/ that I even found amusing is when there's a pic you can't quite see and clicking on it gives a fake warning that you're being watched for trying to look at illegal content. It's imbedded in the gif to animate to the next pic which is the fake warning. Seeing some people panic is kind of humerous, but generally the whole site is garbage.

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