Initiating immediate damage control measures in response to the block it faced in Russia over suicide related contents, U.S. based GitHuB has started to make moves in order to get itself reinstated. GitHub was alleged for hosting suicide related contents on its repository.
Now, in order to make amends with Russian authorities, it has blocked pages containing suicide related content, upon which the Russian regularities flagged their objections.
GitHub is a Git (a popular system for software development) repository web-based hosting service, which offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.
Russian Internet Service Providers, on receiving blockage orders from regularities locked down the entire website and denied its users, access to GitHub. The popular development platform had faced momentary blockage in October as well. YouTube followed the same policy of blocking few pages on receiving similar objections from Russian regularities and continued its service with the same flow.
However, GitHub’s terms of service appears to be in its favour. Citing section 8 of its terms of service, Github explained-
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).
Furthermore, GitHub posted about the course of actions it will follow in future, although it sounds more like a negation of complete compliance-
To ensure that our many Russian users continue to have access to GitHub to collaborate and build software, we may need to block content if we receive a valid request from Roskomnadzor. Whenever we do so, we will post the official request that led to the block in this repository. We post takedown notices here to document their potential to chill speech. It only means that we received the notice on the indicated date. It does not mean that the takedown was unlawful or wrong. It does not mean that the user identified in the notice has done anything wrong. We post the notices only for informational purposes. We don’t make or imply any judgment about the merit of the claims they make. You can draw your own conclusions.