Canadian Government Shuts Down Yet Another Yes Men Parody... Takes Down 4,500 Innocent Sites

from the collateral-prank-damage dept

Famous politico-pranksters The Yes Men have a long history of putting forth convincing parody websites that get those they parody to rush around to get the websites offline. Back in 2007, there was the fake ExxonMobil site that got pulled. Earlier this year it was the fake Chamber of Commerce site that the real Chamber issued a DMCA takedown over. The latest prank is based up in Canada, with the Yes Men setting up some parody sites of Canadian government organizations, promising massive greenhouse emissions reductions. This greatly upset the Canadian government who ordered the websites' service provider to pull them down. However, as Michael Geist points out, in the rush to pull down the sites, the ISP also took down 4,500 other websites. Seems like quite a bit of unnecessary collateral damage. Of course, this is exactly what the Yes Men want. For every takedown, they get another burst of publicity.

Filed Under: canada, innocents, parody, takedown, yes men


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    The Anti-Mike (profile), 31 Dec 2009 @ 11:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Pranks are pranks... but...

    It is not freedom when any sort of non-violent political statement is suppressed with violence

    This "political statement" was to speak in the Canadian's government's name, to issue press release(s) as the canadian government, and to operate a website with the intent to mislead the media and potentially to create political tensions inside Canada and on the world stage.

    They can't content themselves with a protest.

    As for China, go spend some time there before you comment, your opinions would be very different. Heck, come join me next month, we can eat noodles for breakfast and go get the best foot massages on the planet.

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