10 June, 2006

LiveJournal communities blocked

As of tonight, Etisalat/TRA has blocked the entire community subdomain at LiveJournal. This means that any community blog there is now inaccessible outside the freezones, by the old system:


However, community blogs are still accessible by LJ's newer system:


Compare and contrast:

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt - blocked
http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com - unblocked

You can also still access these blogs through your and other peoples' LJ Friends page (example). You can also use a third party RSS reader such as Bloglines to read them.

I'm going out on a limb here because I believe this glitch is an error, and if it's not, then it's a massive threat and insult to UAE bloggers, who have overwhelmingly conducted themselves sensibly and legally over the past years.

1 comment:

Woke said...

I dont think it is an error. Some bright guy in etisalat must have seen sone 'objectionable' content in one of the LiveJournal community websites and made a recommendation to block the 'entire website'. Same as Flickr and Myspace.

Also, Google translation service is blocked but still can be accessed if you search for a the website and click on 'translate this page'.

I would think they just (technically) missed out on blocking http://whatevercomeshere.livejournal.com; which can most possibly be reversed if they are keeping an close eye on you, SD.

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