A recent story on Medium.com from Mark Gurman highlighted a story that went viral, which had people sharing their experiences of being denied access to websites they wanted to access.
A lot of these sites were created by the same people that have been actively blocking content on social media platforms like Facebook.
As a result, many people who are experiencing problems accessing their favorite sites have been left frustrated and confused.
“The whole internet is a giant playground,” one user wrote in the Medium story.
“You get blocked at the door, you’re blocked from the subway, you get blocked from Facebook and you’re stuck on a crappy website, and now you’re being blocked from Twitter.”
One of the most common reasons people are getting blocked on social networks is because they’ve been flagged as a “spammer” or “spammy.”
This is an online blacklisting tool that has been around since the early days of social media, but has only become more popular as it has become increasingly difficult to enforce its bans.
“It’s not just about what is spam, it’s about what isn’t,” said Mark Gurmans creator of the site Funderbuddy, which helps users block spam and hate speech.
“I can’t help but feel like a huge amount of the people who were on Funder were actually really nice people.”
Gurmans creator, Ben Hough, explained that the “spams” and “hates” that people get blocked on Twitter are mostly people that they’ve interacted with over time.
“I think a lot of the issues we’ve seen around these kinds of things are things that we’ve been noticing, and we think a little bit about how these types of platforms have evolved,” he said.
“We try to make sure that we’re doing something that’s not too burdensome, that’s fair, and that we don’t block too many people, because there are a lot people who have really been doing really nice things.”
According to Gurmans founder, he thinks the issue is partly due to a lack of knowledge around how to identify and block spam.
“People have had to be really careful about that, and then they’ve had to do some research to see what their spam filter is, and what the criteria are for blocking,” Gurmans explained.
“And the more research you do, the more likely you are to see that a lot more people are actually being blocked for spam.”
It’s difficult to quantify how many people are being blocked because they’re not aware of how to do it.
A study published in April by research firm EY found that nearly half of U.S. adults surveyed had experienced some type of “unwanted or unwanted activity” on social platforms.
About 80 percent of those surveyed had been blocked, and only 14 percent were able to circumvent the ban entirely.
“A lot of people are really unaware of how the platforms work, and some people are even not aware that they have been blocked,” Gurman explained.
That’s a concern for Mark Gurmens creator, as the site has grown to have over a billion unique visitors per month.
In addition to the sheer number of people being blocked on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, Gurmans said he’s seeing a lot less content on these platforms than in the past.
“The last six months have been pretty terrible, but I’m getting a lot better, so I’m actually happy about that,” he told Polygon.
“But I’m still getting blocked, so that’s a little frustrating.”
According a study by EY, the percentage of sites blocked by users on Twitter has declined to 40 percent.
“Twitter is definitely not immune from being blocked, but they’re getting better at it,” Gurmas creator said.
While blocking can sometimes be a temporary solution to a blocked website, it can be more problematic for users when the website doesn’t even show up on the website blocking tools.
“In a lot the cases where it’s not happening for a few days or a couple of weeks, it may be something more permanent,” Gurmens said.
“You’ll have people saying, ‘It’s a bad day.
I didn’t do anything, but it’s happening again, and it’s blocked again.'””
There are some very large companies out there that are making millions of dollars a year by blocking content and trying to make a profit by blocking it,” said Gurmans.
“They are just using that money to pay their lawyers and get more powerful and more profitable.”
Gaurmans said that he’s been frustrated by how often he gets blocked.
“Every day, it happens,” he explained.
“It’s frustrating and frustrating,” he continued.
“There’s a lot that we need to do to make the internet a better place, and I don’t want to see it continue like that.
I want to keep it safe, I want people to be able to be on the internet.”