Blogger Actively Censoring My Posts
I regret that, after doing some careful posting and monitoring of my Blogger index, I've concluded that Google/Blogger is actively censoring my attempts to post the lost comments from the "I love my President because..." contest. The comments have been posted under various titles this morning, and I've seen three different posts disappear from my index. The chronology is the following:
At 7:30a I posted (note this use of the full URL as this post only exists on the Blognonymous site):
By 8:30a this post had disappeared from my index, and thinking this was just a glitch, I reposted with a different title:
At 10:30, this post had been forcibly removed from my index as well. So I reposted one last time (at 11:10):
...and by 11:30, this post had also been removed.
At this point I can only conclude that there is something objectionable in that comment list, or Google/Blogger is under some pressure to prevent any more discussion on this topic. I've seen two unauthorized (in other words...not me) FTP accesses on my site, but because I self-host any attempt to actually remove the posts once on the Blognonymous site would be a Patriot Act violation. (How's that for ironic?)
I don't know what else to do and don't expect that this post will last either, but I'll keep monitoring the situation.
Sorry everyone... Kvatch
Going into your index file seems like a major intrusion.
I left blogger in part because of the many stories I had heard about them censoring bloggers on the left.
And my post is gone- it involved a sexual reference about Emperor Caligula, Laura and George. It probably wasn't in good taste, but it was obviously sarcastic and I believe in the first amendment.
Anyway, hope this hasn't caused you any further problems. Have you contacted blogger? Not that they will respond. They never do.
People have the right to freely express things in satirical or humorous ways- and this is totally unbelievable.
Censorship does not surprise me, but what can be done? I'm so sorry this is happening, if I didn't SEE IT today I wouldn't believe this!
Take a look at those comments and see if you can figure out which one caused heartburn at Blogger, think of words taken out of context.
Dusty: Doubt it's someone hacking me, unless it's being done from inside Blogger/Google. As I said above I believe it's "dirty word sniffing". Take a look at any of the three HTML files (just copy it into your browser they're all preserved on my site) Once you can see the post think words taken out of context.
And Dusty, your comment on "I Love My President Because..." is number 36 and will be deleted by the next number 36, when it comes in. Please copy to this post, I'll make sure we include it.
All...thanks for the support. It's greatly appreciated.
Hang in there friend....we'll get through this...
( I have no idea what is going on with Blogger or google)
Check out one of the direct URLs and email me which comment you think set off the dirty word sniffers.
BTW: I didn't loose your posts...still got 'em, both in email and in the deleted posts (see the URL's above).
Blogspot isn't only thing that's down. Notice how the rounded corners on my blog have disappeared (those come from blogger.com), and Blogger's status page is also failing to load.
In reflecting on some of the entries, I do think I am catching on to what you mean. I really am sorry all of this is going on. I agree with Lew that we are all a bit prone to conspiracy thinking, but on the other hand we are paranoid for a reason because the days of thinking free speech will be protected may indeed be over. This might in fact just be a blogger problem, but they usually post a notice about service interruption, right? Like for maintenance? Things happen, it might not even be blogger's fault...but who knows.
It's troubling though. There are many of us going through this...but not in the way you are. We just can't access. Yours have been tampered, and thats intentional. Hang in there, frog.
just a thought..I am bored and in a bad mood :P
Do you people ever sleep?
Finally able to get on this morning.
Kvatch, I doubt the NSA would bother to intrude on some fun a few people are having, after all everything went down.
I was under the impression that blogger is owned by Goggle that refused (at least officially) cooperate with the HS?
Glad to be back on.
I not sure I ever implied that a government agency was to blame. I think that that the Blogger team is under pressure from Google to employ dirty word sniffers to search for objectionable content. Blognonymous has been on the "objectionable" list since it's second month (Courtesy of one of the right-wing blogs that I used to traffic).
The issue of three posts being removed from my index is a fact, not a theory, but we'll see later today. I'm going to post the two comments that I think caused the problem, and then we'll see.
& thanx for the clarify.
Do I think that some person is sitting somewhere with the free time to monitor ten million bushmocking bloggers? No. But they do look for key words as kvatch stated, and this is more probable.
"Key words" are what made google so innovative, and their ping/refer system of ranking etc. They can easily sniff out word combinations, and refer to them as chatter. Thats what chatter is all about.
Now back to the blogger matters..it looks like most sites were back at 3am. ( suspoedly even the BIG blogs were down)
(1) It was the Worm ( please be sure ALL viagra and enlargment emails are removed from your files)
(2) It was the Huge West Coast Storm ( SF up to Seattle/NW)
(3) It was something more Ominous.
Gonzlaes is trying to enact a Law in his Almightyassholeness that would effect Bloggers- esp. ones that have been LABELED "Objectionable" or "Questionable", it is the "Child Safety Act" that would specifically Protect ( cough-gag-puke) the children from the likes of us and our foul language and ideas. ( it is of course being humped under the quise of Protecting the children from Porn....yeah, right....)
Dear Frog I am grateful that you kept us informed and connected last night.... I will email my entry offline...inot the contest..
its a long story...and I am quite sure you really dont want to know.