Wordpress censorship ?
January 13th, 2012
So I was just composing a post on my blog, which is hosted by WordPress.
It was related to SOPA, and I was trying to preview my post when the website went all "blank".
After reloading the WordPress site, all my posting abilities had been disabled, and I received this error message from the WordPress interface: 'Warning. We have a concern about some of the content on your blog. Please click here to contact us as soon as possible to resolve the issue and re-enable posting'.
The blog post was not posted. I started writing it about 10 minutes before this happened. I had linked to the SOPA Wikipedia article, but nothing else.
So my question is... When did WordPress start to censor blog posts that is related to SOPA? Is this normal?
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to combat online copyright infringement and online trafficking in counterfeit goods. Provisions include the requesting of court orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the websites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers to block access to the websites. The law would expand existing criminal laws to include unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Opponents state the proposed legislation threatens free speech and innovation, and enables law enforcement to block access to entire internet domains due to infringing content posted on a single blog or webpage. They have raised concerns that SOPA would bypass the "safe harbor" protections from liability presently afforded to websites by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Library associations have expressed concerns that the legislation's emphasis on stronger copyright enforcement would expose libraries to prosecution. Other opponents state that requiring search engines to delete domain names violates the First Amendment and could begin a worldwide arms race of unprecedented Internet censorship.