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College Bans Facebook, Wikipedia, & Porn

Back to the stone age anyone?


Northern Illinois University has handed some interesting restrictions for internet usage on compass. They are blocking students from all social media sites, Wikipedia, and (sadly) even porn.


This was brought to attention on a Reddit thread where one student posted when he went to look on Wikipedia about the Westboro Baptist Church. The following screen shot is the message he got:




Apparently the rule was enacted back in July and anything the university deems “obscene, defamatory, or constitutes a threat” is blocked. 


How does Wikipedia fall in to any of those categories? I mean, how are students expected to do their research and homework?

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