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March 18, 2005

Censorship or bug?

From PoliTech:

Websense is now blocking foxnews.com as an advocacy group. I really don't have any comment about this, except that cnn, msnbc, etc. are not blocked at all except for their sports sections.

Websense is an internet filtering company. I called them and got a whole lotta answering machines (I hate answering machines) until I finally got a hold of someone in the Public Relations department that didn't want to be quoted. He said that it might have something to do with the way the sites are recognized, but that they wouldn't classify FoxNews as an advocacy group. He (presumably using their filter) was able to pull up FoxNews, so he thinks it might have been regional. He said he'd make sure it got up the channels that people were complaining of it.

Cyber Patrol pulled a similar stunt a few years back when they censored the NRA and the AFA, while not using the same criteria for leftist groups.

coverage: La Shawn Barber

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 18, 2005 11:10 AM

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