View Full Version : Microsoft censors Pirate Bay links in Windows Live Messenger

03-31-2012, 07:41 AM
Another pointless move by Microsoft? If you still use MSN, you won't be able to share TPB links to your friends...


Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger (MSN) refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are 'unsafe'.

Do you remember Windows Live Messenger by Microsoft? Well, it still is the most used instant messaging client. And seems that, if you try to share there a link to the torrent site The Pirate Bay you won't be able to do it because the client marks it as 'Unsafe'.

Imagine that you found this great new band sharing their music on BitTorrent for free.

You’re actually so excited about this find you want to share the experience with friends, so you paste them a link to the official torrent file via Windows Live Messenger.

Although this might sound like a good idea to some, Microsoft appears to disagree. Those who try to paste a Pirate Bay link to their friends through Windows Live Messenger will notice that it never reaches its destination.

Instead, Microsoft alerts the sender that The Pirate Bay is unsafe. Apparently, the company is actively monitoring people’s communications to prevent them from linking to sites they deem to be a threat.


Other clients, like Pidgin also block the links when using a Windows Live Messenger account:


Another pointless move by MS? Even if it could be (it's very easy to share links using any other alternative), they are still taking away 'our freedom of speech':

While it’s not clear whether the above is related to copyright concerns, censorship is indisputably an up-and-coming tool to protect the interests of the entertainment industries. Taking away your freedom of speech one link at a time.

NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft censors 'Pirate Bay' links in Windows Live Messenger (via) Torrent Freak (http://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-censors-pirate-bay-links-in-windows-live-messenger-120324/)

Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news story!

04-01-2012, 09:24 AM
Just short link the dang thing. problem solved.

04-01-2012, 10:03 AM
Just short link the dang thing. problem solved.

just dont use msn, solves more problems ;)