IT: SmartFilter blacklists anti-censorship site as 'Sex'

Seth Finkelstein
Thu, 21 Mar 2002 05:28:18 -0500

I've archived this at

[Summary - SmartFilter blacklisted a major anti-censorship site as 'Sex'. - about censorship and free speech

Note censorware advocates sometimes deride these reports as legends and
stories. You can verify this blacklisting by clicking on the following
URL (till March 22)

Of course, after this is publicized, SmartFilter'll eventually change
it, and the censorware blacklist will be assumed perfect once again ...

My previous reports on SmartFilter:
SmartFilter's Greatest Evils:
SmartFilter - I've Got A Little List:

 From: Irene Graham
 To: stop-censorship [at]
 Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 14:13:25 +1000
 Subject: [STOP] Smartfilter blocks anti-censorship site as Sex

An addition to the never ending story of wrong blocks by filtering software... 

Smartfilter V3.01 blocks my entire site, which discusses freedom of
speech, censorship, and yes, the problems of filtering software: 

under the category "Sex" aka porn. 

Smartfilter V3.01 URL checker: 

I have emailed Smartfilter asking them to please explain. 


[SmartFilter said they'd fix it, by March 22] 

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