Yet Another Reason to NOT Use Rackspace: Censorship

There are plenty of technical reasons to forgo using Rackspace in favor of another blog host.

Yet another reason is that they have a tendency to censor their customer base:

Last week, it all got weirder. Hosting service GoDaddy mysteriously terminated Sesto’s account, and pulled RateMyCop.com offline. GoDaddy has offered several explanations to Wired’s ThreatLevel blog, but thus far, none of them have made much sense. Sesto gave up on GoDaddy, and next tried to get the site hosted at RackSpace. They turned him down. After initial accepting his down payment for hosting services, a RackSpace lawyer sent a letter to Sesto stating that, “We believe that the website to be found at http://www.ratemycop.com as described to our sales representative could create a risk to the health and safety of law enforcement officers.”

Why does Rackspace think it’s in the business of deciding which sites cause a risk to law enforcement officers?

As far as I’m concerned they should host any site which is legal – and in this case Rate My Cop is far from illegal.

Rackspace is within their rights to decide not to host anyone for any reason. Of course, I’m within my rights to not give them my business.

GoDaddy is also to blame here and I might consider hosting my domains elsewhere.


  1. Jimmy Johnson

    “Why does Rackspace think it’s in the business of deciding which sites cause a risk to law enforcement officers?”

    In my opinion, the question is.. Why would Rackspace want to risk a lawsuit from one small website? Its risk/reward.. they are a business.. not 1st amendment advocates.

  2. Jimmy,

    There’s no lawsuit risk here. Companies like Rackspace have DMCA safe harbor protection.

    Kevin

  3. Also, I think there was a provision about safe harbor violation if you pick and choose your customers.

    … or it was a judgement in another lawsuit.






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