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UPDATE: UK ISPs PlusNet and Virgin Media Comment on Wiki Block
By: MarkJ - 09 December, 2008 (10:15 AM)

Both UK ISPs PlusNet and Virgin Media have now furnished us with comments on the current Wikipedia blocking fiasco that, through use of the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) block list, has prevented untold numbers of UK Internet users from altering Wiki content (original news). We've pasted the statements below:

PlusNet statement: "Plusnet, along with other leading ISPs, operates a service which blocks access to websites and pages containing alleged child sex abuse images. The viewing or possession of these images is a criminal offence in the UK. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has a mandate to provide participating ISPs with lists of websites to block, and since its inception this scheme has helped to dramatically minimise the availability of this content."

A Virgin Media spokesperson said: "As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media works within guidelines set by the Home Office and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to minimise the availability of content deemed to contain images of child exploitation or abuse. The image of the Virgin Killer album published on Wikipedia was deemed potentially illegal by both the Internet Watch Foundation and the UK police authorities. As a result, Virgin Media is one of the many UK IPSs that have blocked access to this image."

Neither ISP comments on the resultant inability of blocked UK Internet users to alter content on Wikipedia itself. It will be interesting to see whether providers are able to resolve the situation without breaking the block.

UPDATE - 1:10pm:

PlusNet informs us that the problem, at least for them, should now be solved as they have always passed the "X-Forwarded-For" header for IP addresses and Wikipedia has now added the ISP to their trusted proxies list.


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