Back Up Plans In Case Your Blog Is Suddenly Taken Down By Government Action

I’ve been thinking about the WordPress blogs (73,000) that were suddenly taken down by the government with no comment last week, and I believe that every blogger had better have a backup site/blog ready to go just in case.

From Geek.com:

This is alarming. Torrent news site TorrentFreak is now reporting that WordPress host Blogetery has been shut down by United States authorities… along with all 73,000 Blogetery-hosted blogs.

Although details are still very tentative, here’s what we know: Blogetery’s entire site has been taken down, and the company’s ISP is claiming that they had to terminate Blogetery’s account immediately after being ordered to do so by law enforcement officials, “due to material hosted on the server.”

“This was not a typical case, in which suspension and notification would be the norm,” Blogetery’s ISP said. “This was a critical matter brought to our attention by law enforcement officials. We had to immediately remove the server.”

Although TorrentFreak speculates that this is part of a recent Homeland Security effort to take down file sharing sites, that doesn’t quite make sense: surely in that case Blogetery would have been asked to pull specific infringing blogs, not have the rug yanked out from under them.

No, the extreme response taken here by U.S. Authorities implies some sort of believed terrorist connection or child pornography ring, not just a handful of warez and MP3 blogs. Even so, though, unless Blogetery itself is suspect of harboring terrorists or child pornographers, it’s hard to condone this sort of extreme action that has instantly silenced over 73,000 users, the majority of whom are doubtlessly innocent of any wrong-doing.

I haven’t commented about it before because we haven’t had any information as to why all 73,000 were shut down. We still don’t.

Advertisements

2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Robert D said,

    Well Homeland Insecurity sure doesn’t give a f**k about all the muslim hate sites on the web. Selective censorship…It Has Begun, Be Aware Patriots!

  2. 2

    swampie said,

    Heh. Maybe that’s religious freedom?


Comment RSS · TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: