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Sky updates its porn filter to unblock Torrentfreak

Internet filter wasn't perfect
Wed Jan 08 2014, 10:18
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UK COMMUNICATIONS OUTFIT Sky has loosened its adult content filter days after it was claimed to be overzealous.

News website Torrentfreak had accused Sky of blocking it, either in error or because the copyright cartels had told it to do so.

We asked Sky to comment on this, but it has not yet responded.

According to the BBC, which does have the ear of the broadcaster, the firm has fixed this, re-categorised Torrentfreak and allowed it to pass through to its customers' web browsers.

"The categorisation of torrentfreak.com has now been updated so that the site will no longer be filtered by Sky Broadband Shield," the firm told the BBC.

"If at any time a website owner believes they have been unfairly filtered or miscategorised by Sky Broadband Shield, they can contact Sky and we will look into it as soon as we can."

Torrentfreak was steaming mad about its omission from the Sky internet, and posted a stinging opinion piece about the creeping Orwellian censorship of unaccountable private media companies.

"There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them," it said.

"I'm calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorise this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people's legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody's interests to wrongfully block legitimate information." µ

 

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