Spam Shuts Down Legitimate Websites
from the due-process-doesn't-matter dept
Yet another article talking about the draconian measures taken by the anti-spam crowd in their efforts to stop spam. It talks about an ISP that feels compelled to shut down legitimate websites because anti-spam forces declare them as spammers. The anti-spammers, of course, say that it’s the only way they can stop spam and that no one is forced to use their blacklists. However, as it’s increasingly becoming a necessity to use some sort of blacklist, many website owners and ISPs feel the blacklist maintainers are taking things too far. They don’t give any sort of “due process” to let those accused of spamming defend themselves. There are plenty of cases of “false positives”, where someone forgets they opted-in to a mailing list, or someone who shares an email address with a spouse and doesn’t realize what the other person has signed up for. Most ISPs seem willing to get rid of actual spammers – but are a bit worried when they feel compelled by anti-spam forces to cut off those they feel are doing business legitimately. Doesn’t this seem like an opportunity for someone to create a better blacklist that actually does involve some sort of “due process”? If it were true that many legit websites are being victimized without this, then a better blacklist would become widely adopted very quickly, and the others would fade away.