Network Solutions’ Double Standard

I don’t imagine Network Solutions would be so quick to shut down a website critical of the Bible or the Torah. Even so, since when is Network Solutions chartered with monitoring speech on the Web? I looked up their Acceptable Use Policy and it’s a stretch to suggest that this film or any other could fit one of the specific sections.

The truth is more like Network Solutions simply caving to extremist pressure.

A U.S.-based web service, which Islam critic and Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders planned to use to show his film critical of the Koran, said on Saturday that it had inactivated the site due to complaints.

“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,” the company said on the site

[From Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film | Entertainment | Film | Reuters]

5 thoughts on Network Solutions’ Double Standard

  1. Shashi,
    With all due respect, this explains nothing.

    1) What were the nature of the complaints?
    2) What were the statements the domain owner made that suggested they would violate your use policy?
    3) What makes Network Solutions believe that they should be in the business of reviewing lawful content?
    4) Do you suspend every site while investigating a complaint?
    5) How many sites have you suspended under similar circumstances?

    This posted statement only makes Network Solutions appear to be on even softer ground. Having said all that, I appreciate you taking the initiative to post a comment.

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