AT&T Blocks 4Chan.org, Prepares Will
Imagine, if you will, a can of worms. Only, this isn't any normal can of worms. These worms are large, powerful, slick, slimy, restless, malicious, irreverent, crude, tech-savvy, and have a lethal degree of strength in numbers. And they have teeth. Sharp, web server-chomping, reputation excoriating, internet havoc-wreaking teeth.
This is 4chan.org, a notorious free-for-all internet forum known for its unruly members, NSFW content, internet pranks and attacks, infamous hacking exploits, and as the source of widely established internet memes such as LOLcats and the Rick Roll.
Now imagine, if you will, somebody opening this can. Not only opening it, but opening it while vigorously poking the worms inside with sharp, pointy sticks.
This would be the brilliant tactical manoeuvre recently executed by firm AT&T, which has been reported to have blocked 4chan on its servers in Southern California.
Not only is this troubling from a censorship point of view, but this move causes one to seriously question the mental health of those involved in the decision, as well. Unless AT&T was actually that curious to experience being the luncheon meat to 4chan's rabid tiger.
In other words, AT&T has just opened perhaps the most vindictive, messy can of worms it could have possibly found. Blocking any site is an extreme breach of user trust, but the decision to block 4chan in particular just seems stupid. Expect the web equivalent of rioting if this doesn’t change soon.
AT&T, we hardly knew ye.