4chan vs. AT&T

4Chan took on AT&T today, and won. One is a vibrant online community, famed with starting memes, the other is a telecommunications giant. Yesterday, AT&T blocked access to 4Chan for no seemingly apparant reason, an action that caused a mild stirring of frustration online.

Comments flooded the Techcrunch article, ranging from:

“4chan is perhaps the biggest mob-mentality site there is. This is not a site you want to mess with. AT&T will be getting DDoS’d up the wazoo, amongst other things, no doubt.”

And:

“AT&T for even thinking about upsetting 4chan. You don’t DO that.”

To:

“You’re one of those fools that thinks the internet is an appliance. The wild west wasn’t the wild west and neither is the internet. This issue is one of censorship. You can lead, follow or step aside.”

This evening, AT&T have revealed that the site was blocked because of a “denial-of-service attack stemming from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org.”

Now this may resolve the issue, and one wonders what the reason for the denial-of-service attack was in the first place.

However this raises an important issue over ISPs, or other third parties, restricting access to content that they think their users should not have the right to consume.

We already have of course the great firewall of China blocking everything, including Twitter, but the US is much more liberal than their Eastern counterparts.

It is a worrying thought for many, that their Internet usage will be determined according to what someone, somewhere, believes they should and shouldn’t be allowed to view.

The Internet is the torch for freedom of speech. Be you a left wing or right wing nutcase, a troll or a passive consumer of ‘stuff’, it is your right to view to view what you like, and to say what you like, without restriction.

You have the right to choose what information you want to take in, let’s keep it that way.

3 thoughts on “4chan vs. AT&T

  1. And once again, it NEVER fails with the incessant lying, as lying is a way of life for these hacker creeps. I salute AT&T for blocking viruses, trojans and nasty spider scripts, as that is what the REAL truth is as to WHY AT&T has flashed the middle finger [blocked] to 4 Chan. Why should AT&T waste time and energy in dealing with viruses, trojans and uncontrollable script programs emanating from the 4 Chan site?

    I don’t condone censorship and I certainly don’t condone lies “in the name of lulz”. The only thing 4 Chan has proven again and again, is that they are infantile and violent. A bunch of two year olds who go on tirades. And just like an out of control two year old, they need some REAL hard slaps from the school of hard knocks.

    Any consequences or denial of internet access to AT&T customers due to NAZI actions emanating from 4 Chan [or any other hacker creeps for that matter], I pray that they are caught, rounded up, prosecuted beyond the extent of the law, thrown in a windowless cell and locked up forever until the day they die.

    I commend AT&T for taking the step forward and I sincerely hope that other ISP’S follow suit ASAP. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Hackers cause destruction, chaos, waste everyones time and energy. Normal people on the net are SICK AND TIRED of these two year old tantrum antics that 4 Chan displays on a daily basis. These hacker creeps really and truly need to GROW THE F*** UP.

  2. Why don’t u post ur name/email and one of them will contact you for a mature discussion on censorship?

  3. Ace the issue of censorship is not weither it is better that one site be blocked rather it is an issue of a slippery slope you block one site then why not another? if you are blocking sites surely you should establish a standard on what sites get blocked and BAM thats the freedom of the internet gone

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