GOOGLE SHUTS DOWN ANTI-OBAMA SITES. Google shuts down another site:
Neo NeoCon wrote me,
My apologies to NE readers; Apparently a wave of Obama supporters has “flagged” the Neocon Express as a “spam” sight and have successfully shut us down until Google’s Blogger programmers can confirm that we are not a spam site. The process apparently takes about 48 hours.
Apparently, this is a glitch in the ‘Blogger’ system which allows anyone on the net to “flag” any Blogger site as a spam site. With enough “flags” they can shut down a site until Google manually inspects the site to confirm it’s a legitimate blog and not automated spam. Unfortunately, Obama supporters have been abusing this method which was designed to filter out real net spammers, and have been systematically flagging high profile “anti-Obama” blogs on the vast ‘Blogger’ system as “spam” in order to shut down debate.
I trust that Google will have us up and running in 48 hours as their e-mail to me stated. Again, My apologies; apparently it’s just part of the election “war” that is going on, especially on the internet, so I won’t take it personally. I do think it’s a bad reflection on Obama supporters.
Keep my fingers crossed on Typepad.
UPDATE: Thunder Road is down. Just got this:
Seems someone is scared of the truth as I found this when I went to post this morning.
This blog has been locked due to possible Blogger Terms of Service violations. You may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked.
This blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review.
This is bullshit as it appears that someone does not approve of the idea of free speech especially when the speech doesn't conform to their ideas.
I'm always asked: "Why are the milblogs important?" Well we can see the reason why. We get the message out! We can not allow others to dictate the form or content of the message. The message must always be the truth, whether they want to hear it or not.
Regardless of the outcome with Google's review, The Thunder Run is now in the process of purchasing a domain and finding seperate hosting services...I suggest anyone else that uses Blogger to do the same, its something I should have done a long time ago.
With John Donovan's permission I will be posting most of my stuff at Castle Argghhh! until further notice.
Editor: The Thunder Run
UPDATE: Another blog flagged. Ed over at Lock and Load has been flagged.
FYI, It looks like I've been tagged as a spam blog. A few days ago I
deleted and marked as spam two "invitations" on my Haloscan comments
area by "Omar" to visit Ikhwnweb . (muslim brotherhood)
I can only guess Omar came back and found his invitations deleted and
then flagged me as a spammer. I've responded to Blogger who claims they
will review Lock and Load and get back within two days.
Holy shia! The New York Times noticed (well their bits blog did). They are blaming it on Hillary, they got it wrong again. Every blog that I know was not a pro-Hillary blog. The New York in-the-tank-Obama Times.
Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers hat tip Mitchell Langbert
The bloggers in question, most of them supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and all of them opposed to Senator Obama, received a notice from Google last week saying that their sites had been identified as potential “spam” blogs. “You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog,” the Google e-mail read.
Many of the bloggers were affiliated with JustSayNoDeal.com, a Web site that opposes Senator Obama. They include http://bluelyon.blogspot.com, http://comealongway.blogspot.com, http://hillaryorbust.blogspot.com and http://mccaindemocrats.blogspot.com.
In an article that appeared on Bloggasm.com, the reporter Simon Owens spoke with some of the affected bloggers, who said they believed that Google had fallen prey to a campaign by activists supporting Senator Obama. According to the bloggers, the Obama supporters had clicked on a “flag” on the anti-Obama blogs alerting Google that they were spam.
If so, that would be an embarrassment for Google. On its Web page explaining the “flag” feature, Google says that “it can’t be manipulated by angry mobs. Political dissent? Incendiary opinions? Just plain crazy? Bring it on.”
And another! >Gayle Miller of Savkobabe.blogspot.com
UPFATE: Blog Shutdowns: Spam Attack from IPs Assigned to barackobama.com (by NancyA at No Quarter)
The other day Sitemeter attacked Internet Explorer and shut down quite a few sites. Anyone with a sitemeter, in other words, all of us
Today, there is another report on Blog Shutdowns from Death By A 1000 Papercuts. Here is what they had to say:
“At least one of the attacks in the latest wave of blog shutdowns this past week came from IPs assigned to barackobama.com.” This leaves us with an unanswered question. Who or what caused the “malfunction” in Sitemeter?