An eagle eyed reader spotted this little piece of bemusement from Vodafone.
His newsfeed this morning had an interesting enough looking headline “Labour to launch decapitation strategy against Clegg” meaning that they were going to have a go at unseating him in the next general election.
What was the content one wonders that made the Vodafone filter kick in? The reference to decapitation? Or did it find the politics of the host blog politicalbetting offensive.
This is a clear case where the blocking is erroneous. The filtering tools being used don’t appear intelligent enough to understand the context of the use of the word decapitation, assuming that is the “problem”.
There does appear to be a reporting mechanism so that you can tell Vodafone you think they have made a mistake or to remove the content control. How many people will go to the effort of doing this? It’s a bit of a faff isn’t it? You do have to consider that there will probably be many other websites where similar erroneous blocking has occurred. How many of these sites, some of which will be likely be innocent businesses, will be inadvertently affected?
Will trefor.net now appear on the Vodafone block list? I’ve used the word decapitate twice in the title. It’s a gamble (deep intake of breath). I’m going to assume that it wasn’t the site politicalbetting.com itself that the filter objected to. That would be pretty naughty.
It does beg the question who decides what is and isn’t acceptable content for a website and what therefore should be filtered? Note that in the screenshot Vodafone is trying to sell gambling services to its subscribers. Is this acceptable? Who decides?
Answers on a postcard, or in the comments section, assuming you can access this site.
You may also want to read these posts on filtering.
This post on how to bypass the Virgin Media filters has in particular had tens of thousands of visits.