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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. " A North Idaho internet provider, Your T1 WIFI, confirmed it is blocking Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers due to censorship claims. Your T1 WIFI provides internet services to North Idaho and the Spokane area. The move comes after Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump from their platforms due to incitement of violence and undermining the transition of power to President elect Joe Biden.

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This can't possibly backfire on them. I'm sure their business customers who rely on social media for advertising and communication with their customers love this bold stance.

#1 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-01-12 01:05 PM | Reply

Righties are such faux victim -------.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-12 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I imagine customers being pissed.

But.....what implications are there for an ISP now being considered a utility for doing something like this?

It's not like they are cutting service entirely but blocking certain sites.

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2021-01-12 01:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

This is one of those articles that gets stranger with each paragraph.

A customer says this, wondering what rationale the ISP has for its actions:
"Just because you don't like what Twitter and Facebook have done, then you decide to block it for everyone else, so in your opposition to censorship, you're going with censorship," Yep said.

The company says in emails:
"the company states that two-thirds of customers asked for Twitter and Facebook to be blocked."
In a phone call with KREM, the owner of the company again said the websites would only be blocked for customers who asked.
"We've had customers asked to be blocked by it. That is what the email was about, so no we are not blocking anybody, only the ones that have asked for it," Fink said.

So in the end, the ISP is blocking FB and Twitter, but only to those customers who ask for it to be blocked?
WTF?

"Take ESPN off my cable package! Remove it! I can't stand it! Don't pipe that --- into my house! Gah!"

#4 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-01-12 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 - ISP's are not utilities. Trump's FCC rolled that back in 2018 and dumped net neutrality under the guise of "restoring internet freedom" and "consumer protection." Had those protections remained in place then this company would not have been able to abuse their customers in this fashion.

#5 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-01-12 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

5

Forgot about that.

Good point.

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2021-01-12 03:04 PM | Reply

I went back and read the statement from the company. If they are only assisting the customer in blocking themselves then that isn't a big deal. Waste of time...but not a big deal.

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-01-12 03:10 PM | Reply

"A North Idaho internet provider, Your T1 WIFI, confirmed it is blocking Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers due to censorship claims."

So their response is commit censorship. Got it ...

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-12 03:11 PM | Reply

What they originally tried to do reminds me so much of how the internet is run in the People's Republic of China. As I said in another forum, I predicted that what I saw there would spread to the rest of the world, regardless of whether the pressure on ISP's to behave way came from up or down.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-12 03:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"What they originally tried to do reminds me so much of how the internet is run in the People's Republic of China. As I said in another forum, I predicted that what I saw there would spread to the rest of the world, regardless of whether the pressure on ISP's to behave this way came from up or down.

#10 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-12 03:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

...for some customers due to censorship claims.

Likely for select customers in Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, and Hayden.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-12 03:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is interesting if the ISP is responding to customers who have requested to have those websites blocked. There are numerous studies which point to FB/IG use and decreased sense of well-being or even cases of depression (in high use cases). Perhaps these people will find better outlets for their time than FB/IG/Twitter.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-01-12 08:25 PM | Reply

The funny thing is these customers already have the ability to block FB/IG/Twitter, but they're asking "Big Tech" to block it for them. If they were doing this as some sort of protest of what MS/Apple/Amazon did to Parler, they're perpetuating the very thing they're complaining about.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-12 10:58 PM | Reply

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