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Six UK ISPs Block Access To Wikipedia
Child porn filtration gone awry...
by Karl Bode 10:36AM Sunday Dec 07 2008 Tipped by seropith See Profile
According to notices posted by Wikipedia administrators, six British ISPs (Virgin Media, Be/O2/Telefonica, EasyNet/UK Online, PlusNet, Demon and Opal) are inadvertently filtering all access to Wikipedia after the site was added to an Internet Watch Foundation child-pornography blacklist. Those ISPs are using a few transparent proxies, and because Wikipedia's anti-vandalism system blocks users by IP address, every single user of those ISPs gets this message when trying to edit Wikipedia content:
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Wikipedia has been added to a Internet Watch Foundation UK website blacklist, and your Internet service provider has decided to block part of your access. Unfortunately, this also makes it impossible for us to differentiate between different users, and block those abusing the site without blocking other innocent people as well.
Apparently, the child porn filtration system was trying to prevent ISP users from seeing this page on Virgin Killer, a 1976 album by German rock band the Scorpions. Also see this WikiNews report.


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Karl Bode
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reply to FFH

Re: Action justified if naked person on album cover is a child

Yeah TK. AND the murder of puppies.


dadkins
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So it begins

Ya know, instead of trying to filter(and failing miserably) Child Pornography, go after the makers and hosters.

Wiki? Epic Fail!
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