On November 3rd, the famous Bitcoin lawyer, Andreas Antonopoulos, went on Twitter to request that the URL shortening service, Bit.ly (Bitly), blocked the cryptographic links from his next book.
Cointelegraph reached Bitly and learned that the links were "inadvertently blocked", while the company would solve the problem. However, the prohibitions on cryptography still exist in traditional media.
"Why block links to cryptocurrency sites?"
Antonopoulos, author of several well-known cryptocurrency guides, including "Mastering Bitcoin", called Bitly on Twitter, revealing details of the block. The company has allegedly included more than 200 links on the black list in "Mastering Ethereum", the new book by Antonopoulos, which will be published in about four weeks.
"Why are you blocking links http://bit.ly in cryptocurrency [sic] sites? "he asked, adding:
"I am about to publish my fourth book and it contains about 200 links http://bit.ly If you are going to block the links, I will have to remove all the 200 and replace them with a competitor[.]"
Responding to his tweet, user Wagner Santana, attached a screenshot of what looked like a blacklist of Bitly a blockchain.info link that had been "identified as potentially problematic by the service".
Overall, commentators were ready to come to the defense of Antonopoulos, demanding a move away from "centralized" abbreviations, adding:
"Not your keys, not your Bitcoin, not your (shortening), not your link."
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On November 5th, Bitly replied to the tweet of Antonopoulos, claiming that the links were "inadvertently blocked" and that "the problem was solved during the weekend".
"They should all work now", the company added.
In response to Bitly's explanation, Antonopoulos required more details about the block. Specifically, the author of "Mastering Bitcoin" asked the URL shortening service if the block was activated by "too many redirects", third-party reports or a "bad blacklist", adding :
"What assures me (and the rest of the cryptocurrency community) that this will not happen again? What measures have been taken to ensure that it does not?"
The company had left those unanswered questions for the printing time. However, in a separate tweet, it mentioned that "no particular filter has been activated in this situation".
A representative of Bitly informed Cointelegraph via e-mail that the blacklist occurred accidentally, due to internal security systems, while the company does not specifically direct cryptocurrency sites:
"Recently, we learned that one of the links of Andreas M. Antonopoulos had been inadvertently blocked. Sometimes, as in this case, our security systems generate false positives. Bitly does not categorically block cryptocurrency sites. unlocked the domain. "
Cryptography blocks still persist in traditional social media
In recent months, both Facebook and Google have reversed their encryption bans, originally introduced at the beginning of this year, mainly due to "deceptive promotional practices" between cryptocurrencies and announcements of initial coin offerings (ICO) ).
Therefore, on September 25, the US technology giant Google announced that, starting in October, it will allow registered cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise on its Google Adwords platform, addressed to US and Japanese users.
Facebook, in turn, canceled the ban on advertising for cryptocurrency companies pre-approved in June, but maintained the ban on ICO advertising.
However, the stigma attached to the encrypted business continues to reappear in traditional social media, even though the Bitly incident turned out to be a misunderstanding: just a few days ago, for example, Apple would have dropped a popular cryptographic podcast.
The "Off the Chain" podcast was hosted by Morgan Creek Digital associate and crypt analyst Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano, and was apparently "mysteriously" removed from the US iTunes store on November 5, after rising to fourth place for podcasts in the "investing" category. Pompliano tweeted:
"Last week we released a podcast that talked about the main topic for Bitcoin, exploded and ranked 4th in the US investment category, before being mysteriously eliminated by Apple. They threw down our podcast, but they can not break down Bitcoin! "