I came across a very interesting post on how Richard Tomlinsons (the renegade MI6 agent) blog has been cancelled by Six Apart. Tomlinson has been battling MI6 for quite a while now and ran a blog on Typepad until he got this message from Six Apart:
It has been brought to our attention that your weblog located at http://richardtomlinson.typepad.com is currently in violation of TypePad's Terms of Service, specifically of sections 7(a) and 7(e).
We have received this notification from the London Metropolitan Police and they have requested that the website be suspended and your access to the account discontinued per section 4(3) of the Terms of Service.
Unfortunately, when we receive a notification of this type, we have no choice but to comply. For this reason, we have suspended your account and suspended public access to the website.
Obviously it didn't take long until Tomlinson re-published his blog and continued on Blogger.
I am in no way taking any side with any part, but it is quite interesting to see that a leading blog platform such as Typepad operated by Six Apart had to comply with the request from the London Metropolitan Police and close down Tomlinsons account. Especially since, so many bloggers using Six Apart's services have been writing so much about Chinese censorship...
What can one learn from this story?
- Censorship and the prevention of freedom of speech is everywhere
- Bloggers can be silenced and stopped
- Bloggers cannot be stopped - only temporarily
Tomlinson himself now says on his new blog after new the Metropolitan Police again has threatened to close this Blogger account down:
If DS Pink does succeed in shutting this blog (though I hope Blogger will be more robust than feeble Typepad), then I have already prepared a back up blog. Please bookmark www.richardtomlinson.wordpress.com where I will carry on blogging if this blog is suspended.....
Tomlinson has repeatedly tried to get an detailed explanation from Six Apart of why his Typepad blog were in breach with their terms and conditions. So far he hasn’t got any. Tomlinson thinks Six Apart have something to feel ashamed about…
This story will definitely be interesting to follow - what do you say? To be continued on Wordpress?