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A web hosting company has said it shut down a blogging platform that was home to over 70,000 bloggers because a "link to terrorist material" and an al-Qaeda "hit list" was posted to the site.
BurstNet said Blogetery.com also posted "bomb-making instructions".
The company said it acted after receiving "a notice of a critical nature from law enforcement officials".
But the move has angered bloggers who use the platform and say they were given no notice of the shutdown.
The obvious question is why not remove the offending blogs?
seem acceptable that 70,000 people should suffer because of a single person.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 1:31 pm (utc) on Jul 20, 2010]
It has everything to do with a customer violating the terms of his hosting agreement and when the FBI came knocking it appears BurstNet terminated the agreement for violating those terms.
Some people seem to think TOS stand above the law and even above the constituion
If any terms or conditions are failed to be followed, the client risks service suspension or termination. BurstNET™ reserves the right to remove any account, without prior notice.
Someone breaks in your apartment and does somthing illegal in it - selling drugs.
Because someone else doing something illegal with something your rented does not constitute a violotion of the contract by you.
In the FBI's letter, the agency included a clause that says Web hosts and Internet service providers may voluntarily elect to shut down the sites of customers involved in these kinds of situations.
It's a matter of civil contract law, nothing constitutional about it, BurstNet can terminate at any time for any reason.
so if I can quit my job at any time for any reason, I don't have an employment contract?
Your site may NOT contain user-submitted content that is not moderated.
ANY HOST in a similar situation could do the same thing.
I would sue him to kingdom come
19 November 2009. At about 10 o'clock in the morning, Ukrainian Security Service officers raided our data centre in Dnipropetrovsk in relation to an ongoing enquiry with one of our clients, "Fregat". During the raid, hundreds of units of equipment owned by our company and our clients were taken for forensics.