Is Back After Hours Of Downtime Due Post Containing Islamic Terrorist Material

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Jump to navigationJump to search, one of Japan's larger social media sites and the world's largest using entirely free software, is back up after being down for several hours yesterday. It turns out that their hosting provider was "asked" to take the site down because of a problematic post in Arabic calling for Jihad. The Japanese have a very low tolerance for Islamic terrorist material.

written by 林慧 (Wai Lin) 2020-07-04 - last edited 2020-07-07. © CC BY

The social media site is the world's biggest social media site running entirely free software and one of the biggest in Japan overall. The site has so far has a great track record when it comes to uptime. That changed yesterday when the site was forcibly taken down by its hosting provider. It turns out that they were compelled to do so because of a post in Arabic calling for jihad. The Japanese take that kind of thing very seriously.

Suji Yan, one of the site's administrators, noted that this is the first time has been taken down over a post containing problematic illegal material.

The team is currently trying to work out a solution where such matters can be addressed in ways that will not cause downtime.

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