Students from the University emailed us to let us know that under the Universities “Tru-View” system the site had been blocked under the heading “hate and discrimination”.
The 21st Floor, as I am sure regular readers will be aware, contains no hate speech nor does it promote discrimination on any grounds.
I have emailed Robert Gordons IT support dept. for more details and to enquire why a site dedicated to science and skepticism has found itself listed in such a way.
I am currently awaiting their response.
But why would we be blocked under the heading “hate and discrimination”? Well we have recently run stories in two potentially controversial areas: Scientology and Burzynski.
Supporters of both these groups have accused critics of discrimination and hate speech against them for what can only be described as fair comment. Thus our working theory is that supporters of one of these, or indeed another unrelated group, are attempting to censor our website for criticising them.
We are investigating how this censorship has been allowed to occur and will update you when we know more.
Apologies to any students studying at Aberdeen University or other institutions and organisations who find themselves similarly blocked and cannot access the site.
If anyone else has had similar issues please let us know so we can further investigate and discover just who is attempting to censor us.