Russia blocks for Reddit post about mushrooms




Russia has blocked Reddit. The official reason for this because Reddit host information that can help home users to produce mushrooms. Because the site using https it is not possible to block specific subreddits, causing quite the site to believe it.

The reason for the blockade was a post on Reddit user rsocfan on Russian rudrugs-subreddit. In the post, he explains how people indoors able to cultivate the Psilocybe mushrooms. The mushrooms can people go hallucinating. Rsocfan post that Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor recorded in 2013 contacted him to inform him that the post is illegal in Russia, and it is blocked, but because Reddit uses https, a specific sub can not be blocked. Because the encryption is not to check if someone comes to a specific page, which Russia has decided to make the entire site banned.

On 10 August the organization placed a call on UK because they had difficulties getting in touch with the admins of Reddit. When Roskomnadzor still assumed that it was because of the holiday. Now the organization has blocked the entire site, so let it know on social networking site VKontakte and Twitter. Providers should bring the blockade in practice.

The blockade is not yet complete. So report some users that the entire website has been blocked, and others that they just can not open the post of rsocfan. It is still unclear what will be blocked Reddit degree in Russia and the reaction of the administrators of the site will be.

Although the official reason is the information about drugs, it frequently happens that Roskomnadzor threatening blockages. In May, threatened the authority even to Google, Facebook and Twitter to block. This summer, the Russian government also denied access to the Wayback Machine.


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