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Russia blocks GitHub over suicide related content

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U.S. based GitHub was today blocked by Russian regulatory authority RosComNadzor following a series of other actions. Citing several instances of insubordinate behaviour, regularities said that the platform was hosting and displaying content related to suicide and might make an atrocious impact on the readers.

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. Consisting of a user-base of nearly 3.4 million, GitHub had faced momentary blockage in October as well. Perhaps, the platform didn’t get rid of the offending content and dug a pit for itself.

A general norm will be followed to make GitHub non accessible in Russia. Russian ISPs complying with the orders from higher authorities, will lock down the entire website rather than few pages or certain sections since the site is based on HTTPS.

Certain ISPs namely Beeline, MTS, MGTS and Megafon have immediately brought the order into action and have blocked its users to gain access to the webiste. Back in 2013, YouTube was also startled under similar objections by Russian authorities due to a video linked to suicide themes.

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