Bitly Is Not Blocking Crypto Links

On 3 November, prominent BTC supporter, Andreas Antonopoulos, turned to Twitter to complain that Bitly, a service for URL shortening, blocked all links from his book that are related to cryptos. Bitly has since then stated that the aforementioned links were stopped unintentionally. The problem was quickly resolved; however, such cases are common in the media nowadays.


Antonopoulos, who is the author of a lot of popular guides to cryptos, revealed the information on Twitter about the affected links. Allegedly, Bitly had stopped more than two hundred links that have been featured in his new crypto book talking about Ethereum. His book is set to be published in 4 weeks time.

An Unintentional Block

The firm completely denied any implications that it blocks certain links categorically. It left a reply on the tweet by Antonopoulos and assured him that the links were blocked unintentionally and that the issue was being looked into over the weekend.

When the links were restored, Antonopoulos asked for more details about the abrupt blockage. In particular, he asked the company if the block was induced by a big number of redirects, reports by third parties, or a blacklist that’s poorly managed. He wanted to know what has been done to prevent this from ever happening again. His questions haven't been answered yet by the company. However, a comment left by Bitly confirms that it wasn’t the use of a particular filter.

A representative from Bitly confirmed that the block accidentally happened because of an internal security problem and assured the world that the firm is in no way targeting cryptocurrency websites.

Crypto Blocks Are Common

Within the last few months, both Facebook and Google overturned their bans on cryptocurrencies, which were initiated in early 2018. They were put in place because of misleading promotional methods used with digital currencies and ads for unscrupulous ICOs.

On 25 September, massive technology firm Google stated that as of October, registered crypto exchange platforms can advertise using Google Adwords. They can target audiences in the United States and Japan.

As for Facebook, it retracted its ban as well for crypto businesses that have been previously approved as of just last June. However, the ban is still ongoing for ICO ads though.

Moreover, the stigma connected to the crypto industry is constantly showing up on social media. Even though the incident with Bitly was cleared as a misunderstanding, it was reported that Apple had deleted a famous crypto-related podcast.

The podcast, called “Off the Chain,” had suddenly disappeared from the iTunes store in the United States. The podcast’s host, Anthony Pompliano, claims it was taken down right after reaching 4th place in the “investing” category.

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