To Get Off Russia’s Blacklist, GitHub Has Blocked Access To Pages That Highlight Suicide

The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routs around it.


GitHub is slowly navigating the tricky waters of Internet censorship in Russia, using its own platform to track how it’s doing it in an effort to remain transparent, but also agreeing to block pages that the regulator says offend content regulations.

“We have since blocked access within the Russian Federation to the specific content which was flagged as prohibited by law within the Russian Federation, and are working to get GitHub reinstated,” the company says. It cites its Terms of Service section A8 to further elaborate: “You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).”

The whole of GitHub was blocked in Russia earlier this week after the Russian information regulator, Roskomnadzor, said that GitHub was publishing illegal content — specifically, someone had uploaded pages that referred to methods for committing suicide. And…

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