Yahoo has apologized after coming under fire for reportedly blocking emails related to the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in Lower Manhattan over the weekend, CBS reports.
Hundreds of protestors frustrated with joblessness and corporate influence over American politics organized a mass demonstration and the organizers have been sending communications through their site, Occupywallst.org.
The problem was Yahoo users weren’t getting it, and anyone sending links, or the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” to the site using their Yahoo accounts received error messages.
To prove that it wasn’t a fluke, several YouTube videos popped up showing step-by-step what would happen when someone tried to send a link, and many would often get the following message:
“Your message was not sent. Suspicious activity has been detected on your account. To protect your account and our users, your message has not been sent.”
Yahoo has since corrected the problem, however the company says that they weren’t censoring the information, and claims that the incident boiled down to a “false positive” spam filter.
However, technology site techdirt.com says that doesn’t make any sense.
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