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Blogspot blogs blocked in India?

Blogspot.com blogs are reported inaccessible through some ISPs in India.


Updated:February 12, 2011, 5:54 PM IST
Blogspot blogs blocked in India?
Blogspot.com blogs are reported inaccessible through some ISPs in India.

New Delhi: Blogs with the domain name blogspot.com have been reported as inaccessible by users of certain internet service providers (ISPs) in India. Though other blogs powered by Google's Blogger service, but having their own domain names are accessible. The block seems to be currently limited to only a few ISPs, with many users on other ISPs still being able to access blogspot.com freely.

Airtel has denied any blocking on its part. "We have'nt blocked any blogspot," the company said in a post though its official Twitter account (@Airtel_Presence). Tech blogger Amit Agarwal believes that it "looks more like a glitch than a ban."

This incident of blogs being inaccessible has brought back memories of the infamous 2006 blog block that affected most blogging services. The government had then issued directives to ISPs to block a few specific blogs and the ISPs ended up blocking entire domains leading to an online outburst.

While blogspot.com blogs seem to be blocked, Blogger.com, the domain bloggers use to manage their blogspot blogs is still accessible. So are blogs on other popular blogging services, such as WordPress. The inaccessible blogspot blogs can be viewed through circumvention services such as anonymous proxies.

The Indian twitterverse is also abuzz with the news of the block and #blogspot is one of the top trending topics of the day.

Update: Blogspot blogs are now accessible on Airtel. The ISP denies blocking the domain.

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