A story that has amazed me this week has been the decision by Canadian Telco Telus to unilaterally block access to a website run by one of it’s workers unions. According to Telus they took the decision to block access to the site for almost a million of its customers because pictures of 75 Telus employees were posted on the site, people were identified as “scumbags, weasels and scabs” and that threats and intimidating comments were made. I am presuming all these were posted in the members only forums as there doesn’t seem to evidence of this elsewhere on the site.
Whilst I applaud Telus’ policy of wanting to protect its employees, I can not agree with their approach to the problem. A telecom company involved in an employment dispute should not be using its power to censor the views of that group to all its customers. If the site contains unlawful content at all, take it to the courts, get an injunction and get either the site taken down or the material removed, don’t decide to make yourself judge and jury.