Islamists, Network Solutions, and Free Speech

As reported on Slashdot and elsewhere, Network Solutions has yanked Fitna The Movie from the web. “Fitna” is a sort of spiritual sequel to Submission, whose director was killed for the trouble.

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This site has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site’s content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy. Network Solutions has received a number of complaints regarding this site that are under investigation. For more information about Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy visit the following URL:

What’s disturbing about this is the quasi-governmental aspect of the censorship. Network Solutions domain hosting biz is of course their business, and if they submit to Sharia that’s their business. However, the company is also one of the very few “domain name reigstrars.” Wikipedia reports that the company earns 90% of their income from participation in that quasi-governmental oligopoly, which decides what, .net, or .org can be registered.

5 thoughts on “Islamists, Network Solutions, and Free Speech”

  1. Network Solutions also does website hosting. It is the website instance that seems to have been pulled, not the domain itself.

    So, he should transfer the domain elsewhere. And then get a separate web site hoster.

    This is pretty disgusting stuff by Network Solutions. But then again, I have been interacting with them for 10+ years, and they have always sucked.

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