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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 14, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    3 Ireland and the Cydia block

    Ciara O'Brien

    Yesterday, it emerged through Twitter (via @stroughtonsmith on my own feed, and others) that Cydia was being blocked from being accessed on 3 Ireland and 3 UK’s network.

    Why? Well, I asked. And given that you can only fit 140 characters on Twitter, here’s the full response from 3 Ireland.

    “3 was not aware that Cydia was being blocked and the fact that it is being blocked is an error. It is due to the 3rd party internet filtering system we use called Bluecoat. Bluecoat is used to block sites of an adult nature.

    “We are now working on getting the Cydia servers unblocked and this should be done as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.”

    Anything else while we’re at it?

    UPDATE: Cydia should be unblocked now, Redsn0w has also been flagged.

    • Redsn0w.com is also blocked.

      And Damien Mulley found out awhile back that homosexual websites are blocked.

      Not sure why Three is censoring “adult” content. Most of Three’s customers are adults. Not Three’s job to protect us. So long as it is legal I don’t want Three censoring.

    • I’ve passed that on too.

      I agree with you completely – filtering should be opt in rather than default. I know 3 isn’t the only network that does it either. Also, I think (although not 100%) Damien’s experience with it was that more innocent sites were being caught up in it too.

    • Eddie collins says:

      Another odd one is in ability access the 3 website via wifi, it’s only accessible on 3G.

    • JR Russell says:

      I haven’t been with 3 in a while, but while I was with them, I was unable to access *anything* that had gay or lesbian content. When I queried it, I got a stock answer that implied I was asking for access to pornography.

    • Hi guys could you all get in touch with me as I want to take an equality case against Three as I have had the same problem with them. They allow straight dating websites but not gay dating sites. This is discrimination and we will win against it in court. It will not cost us anything either. No company should be allowed to target GLBT people like this so lets do something about it now! oreillda@tcd.ie is my email. Thanks David