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AT&T blocks img.4chan.org from customers

bmecoli (963615) writes | more than 5 years ago

Censorship 11

bmecoli writes "AT&T seems to be blocking img.4chan.net which hosts the infamous /b/ (random) board, as well as /r9k/. Those who have contacted AT&T representatives were told that the site is in fact blocked, so this isn't a technical problem, and all the other 4chan subdomains work fine."
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Hmm, it works for me, via AT&T. (1)

n2rjt (88804) | more than 5 years ago | (#28830095)

I tried just now and all is well.

Re:Hmm, it works for me, via AT&T. (1)

mike260 (224212) | more than 5 years ago | (#28830763)

Assuming that the site loaded ok, you're using a very, very broad definition of "well".

No, not working (2, Informative)

n2rjt (88804) | more than 5 years ago | (#28830125)

at first I thought it worked because img.4chan.net took me somewhere.
But it's a generic page, and NOT what is missing.
The real site, img.4chan.org, is blocked.

Re:No, not working (2, Informative)

bmecoli (963615) | more than 5 years ago | (#28830913)

Yeah that was a careless typo on my part. Sadly it seems as though I can't change it now. Fuck.

DNS block? (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 5 years ago | (#28832343)

So are they blocking it via a DNS redirect or actually redirecting all the traffic for that server?

Checking from here img.4chan.org resolves to (not an AT&T customer).
I seem to remember some incidents where cat-abusers piss off those in 4chan. AT&T doesn't have a clue about the shit-storm coming for them because of this

This won't end well (1)

Kranerian (1427183) | more than 5 years ago | (#28830571)

On one side, they've managed to pick the single most capable internet community when it comes to getting their way against all odds. And if by some miracle the site should remain blocked, it sets a terrible precedent for internet censorship.

*munch, munch* (1)

Sneakernets (1026296) | more than 5 years ago | (#28830675)

Oh yeah, this is gonna be good. 4chan is officially too popular for AT&T's ridiculous stunt to go unnoticed.

*munch, munch*
Given all that obnoxious, hilarious crap that ensued over the Church of Scientology videos...*munch, munch* I can only imagine the blind, adolescent fury that will be aimed in AT&T's general direction.


This is it... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28830947)

The battle for the interwebs just began. They could have picked a better target. If, and I really do stress if, the collective known as Anonymous manages to organize at all it will be a shitstorm of epic proportions. Once again, that's a big if. It will be a customer service nightmare like never seen, and that's for certain. ..and something I've been wondering since first hearing about this, would this violate their common carrier status? If they really are blocking it to help break up pedophile rings wouldn't that be akin to taking responsibility for the contents of their network? Wouldn't a common carrier not do that? Wouldn't that open them up to liability? Wouldn't they then have to take responsibility for everything else on their network?

Additionally, do we really believe this is just about some pedophile rings? This will just cause them to scatter to the lesser chans, or wherever else they congregate. Making them tougher to catch. Or is this about such an active forum for (typically useless but none the less) free thinkers to openly collaborate?

Wasn't 4chan classified as some sort of terrorist organization a couple months back? Wasn't Slashdot also accused of similar in the same report?

as someone on reddit said best, "First they came for the pedophiles, and I said nothing, for I was not a pedophile"

Get the mesh-network technology ready, the major providers just decided to give us a damage to route around.

.ORG (1)

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 5 years ago | (#28831009)

It's 4chan.org, but whatever. It used to be .net years ago.

Good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28831199)

/b/ sucks. Blocking img.4chan.org would only affect /b/ and that other board (/r9k/ or something like that). Which means the decent boards (eg /a/, /g/, /tg/, /v/) are unaffected.

Give it back to them? (1)

Sheetrock (152993) | more than 5 years ago | (#28831949)

I suppose this is too much to ask, but I'd love to see websites start to block AT&T (corporate, customers, whatever) for a little while, just to let them see what a network without neutrality looks like from that end.
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