AOL Caught Blocking Critical E-Mails

From news.com

America Online on Wednesday apparently began blocking e-mail on its servers containing the Web address of a petition against the company’s upcoming certified-mail program, an issue the company called a “glitch.”

The Internet service provider, which has roughly 20 million subscribers in the United States, began bouncing e-mail communications with the URL “Dearaol.com” sometime late Wednesday and continuing through Thursday.

A e-mail sent by CNET News.com to an AOL.com address and containing the URL “www.dearaol.com” bounced back on Thursday afternoon with a system administrator note that read: “The e-mail system was unable to deliver the message, but did not report a specific reason.”

AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said late Thursday that AOL e-mails mentioning Dearaol.com would now be delivered as normal. The issue, he said, arose late Wednesday because of a software glitch that “affected dozens of Web links in messages,” including the Dearaol.com.

The shocking thing in the article to me is that AOL still has 20 million subscribers.

2 Comments

  1. “But their (AOL and Yahoo) endorsement of GoodMail’s system immediately spurred outcry from groups like MoveOn.org, the AFL-CIO, Gun Owners of America and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which formed the coalition Dearaol.com.”

    Whoa! Talk about strange bedfellows.

    It’s what I like about AOL. They manage to unite so many different people in the common cause of despising them.

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