Bitcoin News — Andreas Antonopoulos
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The blacklisting was accidental, the company says.
Cointelegraph has reached out to Bitly, and learned that the links “had been inadvertently blocked,” while the company has reportedly resolved the issue. Nevertheless, crypto-related bans still exist in mainstream media.
‘Why are you blocking links to cryptocurrency sites?’
Antonopoulos, author of several well-known guides to cryptocurrencies, including “Mastering Bitcoin”, called out Bitly on Twitter, revealing details of the block. The company allegedly blacklisted over 200 links featured in “Mastering Ethereum,” Antonopoulos’ new book, due for publication in around four weeks.
“Why are you blocking http://bit.ly links to crypto-currency [sic] sites?” he asked, adding:
“I'm about to publish my fourth book and it has about 200 http://bit.ly links in it. If you are going to block links, I will need to remove all 200 and replace them with a competitor[.]”
Responding to his tweet, user Wagner Santana, enclosed a screenshot of what seemed as Bitly blacklisting a blockchain.info link which had been “identified as being potentially problematic by the service.”
Overall, commentators were quick to come to Antonopoulos’ defence, calling for a move away from “centralized” link shorteners, adding:
“Not your keys, not your Bitcoin? Not your (shortener), not your link.”
‘Bitly does not categorically block cryptocurrency sites’: the company disavows rumors
On November 5, Bitly did reply to Antonopoulos’ tweet, claiming that the links were “inadvertently blocked,” and that “the issue was resolved over the weekend.”
“They all should be working now,” the company added.
In response to the Bitly’s explanation, Antonopoulos requested more details regarding the block. Specifically, the “Mastering Bitcoin” author asked the URL shortening service whether the block was triggered by “too many redirects”, third-party reports or a “poorly curated blacklist”, adding:
“What assures me (and the rest of the crypto-currency community) that this won't happen again? What steps have been taken to ensure it doesn't?”
The company had left those questions unanswered by press time. However, in a separate tweet, it mentioned that “no particular filter triggered in this situation.”
A Bitly representative informed Cointelegraph over email that the blacklisting happened accidentally, due to internal security systems, while that the company does not specifically target cryptocurrency sites:
"Recently, we became aware that one of author Andreas M. Antonopoulos' links had been inadvertently blocked. On occasion, as in this case, our security systems generate false positives. Bitly does not categorically block cryptocurrency sites. Once we were alerted to the issue we unblocked the domain."
Crypto-related blocks still persist in mainstream social media
Over the past months, both Facebook and Google have reversed their crypto bans, which were originally introduced earlier this year, mainly due to “deceptive promotional practices” among cryptocurrencies and initial coin offering (ICOs) ads.
Therefore, on September 25, U.S. tech giant Google announced that starting in October, it will allow registered cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise on its Google Adwords platform, targeting the U.S. and Japanese audiences.
Facebook, in turn, reversed its ad ban for pre-approved cryptocurrency firms back in June, but maintained the ban on ICO advertisement.
Still, the stigma attached to crypto-related business continues to reappear in mainstream social media, although the Bitly incident has turned out to be a misunderstanding — just a few days ago, for instance, Apple reportedly took down a popular crypto podcast.
The “Off the Chain” podcast was hosted by Morgan Creek Digital partner and crypto analyst Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano, and had apparently been “mysteriously” removed from the U.S. iTunes store on November 5, after allegedly soaring to fourth place for podcasts in the “investing” category. Pompliano tweeted:
“Last week we released a podcast discussing the ultimate argument for Bitcoin. It exploded & ranked #4 in U.S. investing category before mysteriously being taken down by @Apple. We had no warning. We don’t know why. They took down our podcast, but they can’t take down Bitcoin!”
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Crypto author and educator Andreas Antonopoulos has publicly asked for an explanation over Bit.ly’s apparent block of crypto-related links.
Social media commentators are criticizing URL shortening service Bit.ly (Bitly) after a Twitter user warned Andreas Antonopoulos Nov. 3 that the service had blocked crypto-related links from his book.
Antonopoulos, author of several well-known guides to Bitcoin, quizzed Bitly on Twitter over the block, which allegedly extends to over 200 links in ‘Mastering Ethereum,’ due for publication in around four weeks.
“Why are you blocking http://bit.ly links to crypto-currency sites?” he asked, adding:
“I'm about to publish my 4th book and it has about 200 http://bit.ly links in it. If you are going to block links, I will need to remove all 200 and replace them with a competitor[.]”
Bitly appeared not have publicly responded as of press time Nov. 5, while commentators were quick to come to Antonopoulos’ defence, calling for a move away from “centralized” link shorteners.
Responding to his tweet, one user paraphrased Antonopoulos’ well-known soundpiece about Bitcoin ownership which regularly appears in talks and online Q&A sessions.
“Don’t rely on bitly or ANY shortener service. They are all a single point of failure,” one wrote, adding:
“Not your keys, not your bitcoin? Not your (shortener), not your link.”
Last week, Antonopoulos’ renowned book, ‘Mastering Bitcoin,’ courted separate controversy after Chinese state television unexpectedly showcased it, revealing that the Mandarin version of its title lacked all references to Bitcoin.
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China’s state-run TV channel has aired an advertisement for a Chinese translation of the classic book “Mastering Bitcoin” that removes Bitcoin from its title.
In the Mandarin translation, the title has been altered to exclude any reference to the cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC), and reads approximately "Blockchain: the Road to the Digitization of Assets."
However, in a curious twist, the original English title remains visible on the cover alongside its edited Mandarin version. However, both Cointelegraph’s Chinese sources and local media have stated that the contents of the book, including the first page with its opening chapter title, “What is Bitcoin?,” remain intact.
Antonopolous himself has tweeted remarks that confirm the content has been preserved, offering a positive response Oct. 25:
“How cool is this: "Mastering Bitcoin 1Ed", on Chinese national TV. Even with a slightly sanitized title (no mention of Bitcoin), the content is the same. Hoping to visiting China next year. Maybe this brings more opportunities and conference invitations.”
CCTV’s promotion of the Chinese version of the 1st edition of Antonopolous’ book
While the strategy to diminish the prominence of the coin in the book’s title appears congruous with China’s hardline stance against decentralized cryptocurrencies, the residual inclusion of the original English and choice to preserve the substance of the text was differently interpreted by community commentators.
Since 2013, Bitcoin has not been recognized as legal tender in China, and financial institutions have been prohibited from crypto dealings. China’s historic Sept. 2017 ban on crypto exchanges and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) was followed by increasingly stringent restrictions throughout 2018, with a further bout of anti-crypto measures both online and offline introduced this summer.
Nonetheless, as the editorial choice to amend Antonopolous’ title reflects, the country has been pursuing a long-term vision of blockchain integration, spearheaded by its central bank, and was reported to have filed more blockchain tech patents than any other in 2017.
Just this week, a Chinese arbitration court ruled to affirm that Bitcoin and other cryptos are legally protected as property, and can thus be privately held and transferred.
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