E-mails blocked by Yahoo!® containing Wall Street Protest Messages
It was reported that people using Yahoo! e-mail services were debarred from sending messages about anti-Wall Street demonstrations. But now, Yahoo! has apologized for preventing its users from sending those e-mails.
Wall Street protests are organized by over-educated young people who are still under-employed. They were furious about the lack of employment in the U.S. According to them, the financial system favors only the rich and the powerful at the expense of common citizens. Organizers said that the protest can go on for weeks or even months.
Yahoo! confirmed that the problem was due to an external spam filter which blocked users from sending messages about the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests.
The problem was first noticed during an investigation by Think Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The authorities at the project found out that e-mails containing the link OccupyWallSt.org were bounced back by Yahoo! saying:"Your message was not sent Suspicious activity has been detected on your account. To protect your account and our users, your message has not been sent. If this error continues, please contact Yahoo! Customer care for further help We apologize for the inconvenience."
A Yahoo! spokeswoman informed that the e-mails were not blocked purposely, but it was due to some spam filtering system and that Yahoo! came to know about this on Sunday, after some users complained that their e-mails were getting bounced back. Yahoo! had also confirmed that e-mail block was not due to government conspiracy either.
Yahoo! told The Register,"Unfortunately, the domain ‘OccupyWallSt.org’ was being caught by one of our spam filters when some users tried to send messages containing it."
Yahoo! Inc. has acknowledged the problem and has apologized for the inconvenience to its users. As per the latest inputs from the company, the problem is fixed from their end.