Monday, July 19, 2010

Conspiracy Theorists > Here is your chance to shine

Reported in the Huffington Post:
[...] less attention has been given to another blog blackout -- this time in the US: As CNET reports, some 73,000 blogs hosted by WordPress blogging platform, were shut down last week by BurstNet , Blogetery's web hosting company. [...] According to CNET "nobody seems willing to say why or who is responsible." What is known is that BurstNet informed Blogetery's operator, via email, that the its service had been terminated "by request of law enforcement officials, due to material hosted on the server."
Read the entire story here

2010/07/20 Updated & Clarified? I wonder but it's scary nonetheless.
In a press release, BurstNet has provided new information that sheds light on why over 70,000 blogs were shut down by the hosting service. 
"It was revealed that a link to terrorist material, including bomb-making instructions and an al-Qaeda “hit list", had been posted to the site," BurstNet explained.
In a previous email exchange, a BurstNet representative had said that "law enforcement officials" had requested the removal of the 73,000 Blogetery sites  However, it has since become clear that BurstNet shut down the blogs of its own accord after finding that they violated its policies.
"Upon review, BurstNet determined that the posted material, in addition to potentially inciting dangerous activities, specifically violated the BurstNet Acceptable Use Policy," the company wrote in a statement. "This policy strictly prohibits the posting of 'terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions'. Due to this violation and the fact that the site had a history of previous abuse, BurstNet elected to immediately disable the system." 

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