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Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Wall Street Protests Email Messages

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posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 01:48 AM

Over the weekend, thousands gathered for a “Tahrir Square”-style protest of Wall Street’s domination of American politics. The protesters, organized online and by organizations like Adbusters, have called their effort “Occupy Wall Street” and have set up the website: However, several YouTube users posted videos of themselves trying to email a message inviting their friends to visit the Occupy Wall St campaign website, only to be blocked repeatedly by Yahoo. View a video of ThinkProgress making the attempt with the same blocked message experienced by others (click full screen for a better view of the text):

ThinkProgress tried other protest websites, like and, and both messages were sent smoothly. However, emails relating to the protest were blocked with the following message (emphasis added):
Your message was not sent
Suspicious activity has been detected on your account. To protect your account and our users, your message has not been sent.
If this error continues, please contact Yahoo! Customer Care for further help.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
ThinkProgress has sent a request for more information to Yahoo, and will post any reply once we have received it with Yahoo’s explanation for its apparent censorship.

Source: ThinkProgress

Isn’t this just dandy? I’m sure it will be blamed on a ‘glitch’ or errant spam filter or other similar feigns of innocence. I think the wave is getting ready to crest very soon. /sarcasm

Kudos to ThinkProgress for their efforts here.
edit on 21-9-2011 by explorer14 because: add source

posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 02:22 AM
So,never heard anything about the protests but on here.
A total media blackout??????????

posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 02:38 AM
reply to post by kdog1982

The story is not being pushed, that's for sure. I know it was on a Fox affiliate and is on ABC and New York TImes.

ABC News

I remember reading another poster's comment recently, that they felt it was a false flag op, but if that's true... ???

It's really difficult to tell these days what might be a false flag op vs a true grass roots movement.

posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 02:43 AM
Updates came in on twitter - Yahoo admits to the blocking and blames spam filter!!!

We’re continuing to monitor Yahoo’s mail service and have now been able to send messages containing the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” and its website on some Yahoo accounts. On other accounts, however, Yahoo is still blocking the messages.


Yahoo’s customer care Twitter account acknowledges blocking the emails, but says it was an unintentional error:

“We apologize 4 blocking ‘’ It was not intentional & caught by our spam filters. It is resolved, but may be a residual delay.”

Yahoo’s main Twitter account adds:

“Thanks to @YahooMail users & @ThinkProgress for catching problem w/ mail. Prob is fixed, but there may be residual delays.”


posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 02:54 AM
Spam filter? Really?

Is that something like swap gas or weather balloons?

They got caught and they are lying up the wazoo. Their excuse is a joke.

posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 07:12 AM
I suggest members start boycotting Yahoo, if they are deliberately censoring anything with regards to what is happening in New York. And they have the cheek to criticize other countries for the doing the exact same thing.

Everyone complain.

posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 03:51 PM
Chinese democracy !

Land of the free, pff.

posted on Oct, 2 2011 @ 09:22 AM
Already posted here

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