[NetBehaviour] BT blocks off Pirate Bay.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Apr 22 11:52:51 CEST 2009

BT blocks off Pirate Bay.

BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent 
tracker site are met with a "content blocked" message. The warning page 
states the page has been blocked in "compliance with a new UK voluntary 

"This uses a barring and filtering mechanism to restrict access to all 
WAP and internet sites that are considered to have 'over 18' status," 
the warning states. It goes on to list a series of categories that are 
blocked, including adult/sexually explicit content, "criminal skills" 
and hacking.

It's not stated which category The Pirate Bay breaches, although the 
site does host links to porn movies.

BT's warning message advises customers to contact customer services if 
they want the block on the site to be lifted. The message also invites 
users to seek further information on the self-regulation scheme on the 
Internet Watch Foundation's website, although an IWF spokesman denies 
any involvement with the mobile filtering scheme.


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