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Steam Censors MEGA.nz Links in Chats and Forum Posts (Updated)

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With more than 150 million registered accounts, Steam is much more than just a game distribution platform.

For many people, it’s also a social hangout and a communication channel.

Steam’s instant messaging tool, for example, is widely used for chats with friends. About games of course, but also to discuss lots of other stuff.

While Valve doesn’t mind people socializing on its platform, there are certain things the company doesn’t want Steam users to share. This includes links to the cloud hosting service Mega.

Users who’d like to show off some gaming footage, or even a collection of cat pictures they stored on Mega, are unable to do so. As it turns out, Steam actively censors these type of links from forum posts and chats.

In forum posts, these offending links are replaced by the text {LINK REMOVED} and private chats get the same treatment. Instead of the Mega link, people on the other end only get a mention that a link was removed.

Mega link removed from chat

While Mega operates as a regular company that offers cloud hosting services, Steam notes on their website that the website is “potentially malicious.”

“The site could contain malicious content or be known for stealing user credentials,” Steam’s link checker warns.

Potentially malicious…

It’s unclear what malicious means in this context. Mega has never been flagged by Google’s Safe Browsing program, which is regarded as one of the industry standards for malware and other unwanted software.

What’s more likely is that Mega’s piracy stigma has something to do with the censoring. As it turns out, Steam also censors 4shared.com, as well as Pirate Bay’s former .se domain name.

Other “malicious sites” which get the same treatment are more game oriented, such as cheathappens.com and the CSGO Skin Screenshot site metjm.net. While it’s understandable some game developers don’t like these, malicious is a rather broad term in this regard.

Mega clearly refutes that they are doing anything wrong. Mega Chairman Stephen Hall tells TorrentFreak that the company swiftly removes any malicious content, once it receives an abuse notice.

“It is crazy for sites to block Mega links as we respond very quickly to disable any links that are reported as malware, generally much quicker than our competitors,” Hall says.

Valve did not immediately reply to our request for clarification so the precise reason for the link censoring remains unknown.

That said, when something’s censored the public tends to work around any restrictions. Mega links are still being shared on Steam, with a slightly altered URL. In addition, Mega’s backup domain Mega.co.nz still works fine too.

Update April 22: After we published this article we noticed that Mega.nz links are no longer listed as malicious. Links in chats are reportedly no longer removed either. Perhaps Valve did get our message after all…
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Thanks to Dariusz Jagielski, Who tipped us off

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Leserbrief zur Weltbank-Kinderarbeit:
Man sollte dann doch erwähnen, dass die Weltbank sich schon auf wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse bezieht und den aktuellen (mehrheitlichen) akademischen Konsens widergibt, was Arbeitnehmerrechte und insbesondere Kinderarbeit in den ärmsten Ländern der Welt angeht.

Die tl;dr-Version ist, dass es keine realistischen Alternativen für die betroffenen Kinder gibt. Man impliziert das bei einem Verbot der Kinderarbeit die betroffenen Kinder dann einfach zur Schule gehen würden. Genau das ist nicht der Fall, da es oftmals gar keine Schule gibt und wenn es sie gibt, dann sind die in der Regel qualitativ so schlecht, dass die Kinder Einkommensnachteile bekommen im vgl. zum Gewinn an Arbeitserfahrung den sie während ihrer Kinderarbeit bekommen hätten. Dann sind die Kinder auch noch in der Regel auf die Einkommen zu ihrem eigenen Existenzerhalt oder dem ihrer Familien angewiesen. Also arbeiten sie illegal (und sind noch mehr Willkür und Missbrauch ihrer Arbeitgeber ausgesetzt) oder rutschen eher in die Kriminalität und Prostitution.

Ich weiß, das klingt nicht nur zynisch, das ist wahrscheinlich auch wirklich sehr zynisch, aber der einzige wissenschaftlich schlüssige Weg Kinderarbeit zu bekämpfen ist das Erreichen eines gewissen gesellschaftlichen Wohlstands, so dass die Kinderarbeiter von heute genug verdienen können, um ihre Kinder mal auf ordentliche Schulen schicken zu können. Du musst auch immer bedenken, dass die betroffenen Staaten zu arm sind, um ihren Bürgern den Bildungsweg zu subventionieren.

Also es ist eine Abwägung zwischen zwei Übeln, wobei man sich für das scheinbar kleinere entscheidet…

Daher würde ich in diesem Kontext auch die Forderung der Weltbank, Arbeitnehmerrechte generell abzubauen, nicht so ultra-kapitalistisch betrachten. Das ist eine Position die auch von vielen NGOs mittlerweile vertreten wird, da bisher einfach keine funktionierende Alternative gefunden wurde, um Gesellschaften aus der absoluten Armut rauszuholen.

Hier noch ein paar Links dazu, insbesondere der Post der Weltbank zitiert ein paar sehr bemerkenswerte Studien:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/18/child-labour-un-ban-damaging-mistake

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/aug/26/ban-child-labour-developing-countries-imposes-naive-western-ideals-complex-problems

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/1482368/fnord.html

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100 years ago on this day, Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) was shot down. He had 80 aerial combat wins, and now he is commemorated with a pineapple pizza. pic.twitter.com/eKz4zvIpV6

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