Wikileaks, the controversial not-for-profit group has been facing stiff resistance from governments worldwide. The site has already been banned in countries like China, UAE and has been shunned by companies like Amazon, EveryDNS and eBay. Yesterday we wrote about Wikileaks trying to keep their data alive by encouraging supporters to create mirror websites. The organization’s switzerland website has currently listed over 748 mirrors overall.
The only positive thing going for Wikileaks for the moment though appears to be its ability to communicate with their supporters through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook has issued a statement noting that the company shall not suspend the Wikileaks account anytime soon noting that no terms have been violated. A Facebook spokesperson has said,
“The Wikileaks Facebook Page does not violate our content standards nor have we encountered any material posted on the page that violates our policies.”
Twitter has however maintained a vague stance. While noting that the microblogging service is not meddling with Wikileaks trending on their timeline, the service has however been tight-lipped about a possible ban of the Twitter account.
It’s possible that Twitter caves in pretty soon. But we wonder how Facebook will respond if they are approached by government authorities to suspend its ties with Wikileaks.
As you already know by now, the popular not-for-profit whistleblower website, Wikileaks has been pulled from the web following the publication of several controversial documents in recent times. While the organization has been maintaining several mirror sites themselves, that could prove futile considering that the group is facing resistance from multiple governments worldwide.
Following this, Wikileaks has opened up a new avenue to keep the information alive. The organization has been asking its supporters to host the information gathered on their respective servers. On the Wikileaks Switzerland website, the organization notes,
“In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove Wikileaks from the Internet, we need your help.
if you have a unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give wikileaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!
Please follow the following instructions:
- Setup an account where we can upload files using RSYNC+SSH (preferred) or FTP
- Put our SSH key in this server or create an FTP account
- Create a virtual host in your web server, which, for example, can be wikileaks.yourdomain.com
- send the IP address of your server to us, and the path where we should upload the content. (just fill the form below)”
This has seen a terrific reception as close to 208 mirrors of the original Wikileaks website are already up and running. You can check out the complete list of mirror websites here.