(Ping! Zine) –
The internet is buzzing about the termination of open source blogging platform, Blogetery by its web hosting company. Blogetery was recently accused by the FBI of being used by members of Al-Qaeda to recruit and share information.
Many Internet watchdog groups and the service’s proprietor believe that the web hosting company took it far away. On Tuesday, The New York Times interviewed Alexander Yusupov, who claimed to be Blogetery’s owner and sole employee. Over the weekend, multiple media reported that Blogetery had been closed. It is estimated that Blogetery had at least 70,000 blogs—figures are matter of dispute as Burst.net and others have given different figures. On Monday, CNET reported that the blogging platform had been eliminated over a FBI discovery that the blogging site was linked with the terror outfit and was used for sharing bomb-making techniques and details of Americans on the hit list of the terror outfits.
Yusupov, who has no criminal case against him, told the Times that executives from Burst.net, Blogetery’s Web host, failed to furnish any documentation to prove the FBI’s claims. “They just took it down,” he said. The termination of the blogging site led to automatic termination of pages of all the users, including those who didn’t touch upon al Qaeda or such sensitive issues. Joe Marr, Burst.net’s chief technology officer, meanwhile tendered no apology or regret over the termination of the services. However, he asserted that an employee goofed when the person originally informed Yusupov and members of the media that the FBI had ordered termination of Blogetery. Marr added that the blogging site was removed only because it hosted some objectionable content, which breached its term of conditions.
The move, as expected, irked hundreds of users who were not linked with terrorist issues. Kurt Opsahl, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Times the “tragedy is that thousands of blogs will be taken offline for no good reason.”