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Monday, December 21, 2015

New HTTP Error Code Approved: 451. Sites Blocked For Illegal Content.

A new web status error has been introduced in an effort to draw attention to governmental online censorship. The 451 code will be used to give internet users information about why they cannot view a webpage beyond the generic 403 "forbidden" code currently used.

The new protocol, named after Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, was approved by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).

“Unavailable For Legal Reasons”
Text of HTTP error 451

"This status code can be used to provide transparency in circumstances where issues of law or public policy affect server operations," the newly published code states. "This transparency may be beneficial both to these operators and to end users."

The 451 status code has been approved for publication and can "effectively" be put to use immediately, according to chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group Mark Nottingham, however the Request for Comments (RFC) Editor is still working on the protocol.

More on Wired UK.

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