Internet Provider Blocks Access to Twitter and Facebook in Response to Customer Requests
When I first heard about this, I thought to myself, “Wow, this is some serious overreach.”
But then I got the whole story and it honestly made me happy to see something like this.
An internet provider in Idaho has started blocking access to Twitter and Facebook. But here’s the catch, the customers are actually the ones who are requesting for this to happen.
“It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information,” an email to Your T1 WIFI customers said.
“We have the past couple days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on their internet feed…and that they do not want their children to go to these sites,” the email added. “They could do this themselves but some do not have the technical knowledge to do so and it would be very tiresome for us to do it for them and it would be expensive to visit each customer that wants this done.”
Bret Fink, the owner of Your T1 WiFi, told Newsweek that the emails are authentic. Customers had requested that Twitter and Facebook become “inaccessible” in their households, Fink said.
Your T1 WiFi said that they don’t believe in censorship such as Twitter and Facebook has been doing and that they would not block access to these websites on their own volition, but many people have just decided that they don’t want access to the sites and that they don’t know how to block them so the provider has been working with them in order to make that happen for them.
We’re about to see a boom in businesses that are going to become replacements for some of these larger conglomerates and all I can say is it’s about time.