You’ll be surprised to hear why Panera Bread and SonicWALL blacklisted Foehammer’s Anvil!

by 1389 on August 26, 2007

in 1389 (blog admin), blog censorship, blogging, censorship, censorware, cyberwars, e-jihad, Internet, Islam, political correctness, security, social media, The Jawa Report, The Religion of Peace

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As I explained earlier this week, SonicWALL is a company that provides content-filtering or “censorware” for the WiFi system at Panera Bread. They’ve been blocking access to the antijihadist site Foehammer’s Anvil, with no explanation given, so I blogged the contact information for both companies, and emailed them to complain about this inexcusable censorship.

I got a response back from Panera Bread telling me to use this form to ask SonicWALL to reevaluate any sites that were wrongly blocked. So I went over there and entered the URL for the Anvil…

Here’s what I saw!

Yep, that’s right – SonicWALL has been censoring the Anvil as pornography. Of course, if anybody at SonicWALL had actually bothered to check the Anvil for raunchy videos or ribald humor, they would’ve been awfully disappointed.

Smiley with "liar" sign Smiley blabbing on an old telephone Evidently, if some anonymous liar tells SonicWALL that a blog is pornographic, that’s all it takes to get it blocked from a whole lot of places. No inspection, no notification, no appeals process. Several months later, when the blogger is losing traffic and figures that somebody may be interfering with access to the blog, then maybe the truth will come to light. But by that time, the blog owner will already have lost readership and money.

If you’re a blogger, the same thing could happen to your blog. Even if you are not a blogger yourself, and even if you never heard of Foehammer’s Anvil before, the same thing could happen to other blogs that are full of valuable information that you have every right to read.

So go ahead and use this form to tell Sonic Wall to reclassify Foehammer’s Anvil. Obviously, the more people contact them, the better!

But even if they do, the matter doesn’t end there. Clearly, SonicWALL is not the only “censorware” company that has been blocking antijihadist sites.

“What else can I do?”

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ann (appleann1) August 25, 2007 at 9:52 pm

just wanted to let you know I contacted SonicWall. Had to do something, his site is great, we need more like him.

2 Debbie August 26, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Interesting. A while back Blogger blocked a bunch of ‘Conservative’ blogs for unknown reasons. It seemed very suspicious that they were all Conservative blogs. This smells bad, because we all know Foehammer is certainly not porn.

3 appleann1 August 27, 2007 at 6:25 pm

My response from Sonic Wall.

You submitted the following rating request to SonicWALL CFS Support:
Rate as “25.Political/Advocacy Groups” at 2007-08-25

The request has been reviewed and rated as:
“31.Web Communications” at 2007-08-27 12:28:01.547

You should see this rating change reflected within 1 to 3 business

Thank you for your request,
SonicWALL CFS Support

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