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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Torrent Links Censored in Steam Chat Client

Torrent Links Censored in Steam Chat Client

Torrent Links Censored in Steam Chat Client

Added: Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Steam accounts for several millions of active users, being not merely a game distribution platform, but also a social network and a communication instrument. Lots of people use its instant messaging service to chat with friends on any topics, not only games. However, it looks like the platform doesn’t want its users to mention certain topics, including online piracy.

For example, Steam users who want to share a link to the largest BitTorrent tracker from the built-in chat client may find out that mentions of The Pirate Bay are being censored. In addition, many users also note that the links to various torrent and file-sharing websites are actively removed from discussions. Apparently, Valve doesn't appreciate the content shared through the website. As a result, the user on the other end will see a {LINK REMOVED} message in the chat window instead of the link. In the meantime, the sender of a censored URL won’t be notified that their link has been censored.

Some tests were made to find out which links are being censored by Steam. Links to The Pirate Bay, Torrentz and 4shared were all removed from Steam conversations, while links to KickassTorrents were not. Security experts cannot explain why Steam was censoring these particular links, but taking into account that all the censored services are frequently associated with copyright infringement, it must be (at least in part) due to piracy concerns. In addition, Steam is also known to remove certain malicious links from its chats.

However, the biggest problem is not that links to pirated content are being removed, but that Steam is actively monitoring everything that’s said in private conversations. It can legitimately do so in accordance with its privacy policy. Its user agreement that everyone must accept to start using the service reads: “Any information that is disclosed in chat, forums or bulletin boards should be considered public information.”

By the way, it is worth mentioning that it’s not the first time that the link removal policy of the service has ended up in the news. The earlier reports said that chats mentioning the old KickassTorrents domain Kickass.to were also removed from chats.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-04-09 17:00:02)
analogkid6103 avatarAnd peeps use these all monitored networks to speak of everything under the sun. While others read it like an old newspaper.And than wonder how rumors and other stuff gets all over the place.

posted by (2016-04-10 06:31:03)
No avatarA game platform removing links to sites where you can get pirated games. That kind of seems like an obvious one to me lol

posted by (2016-04-10 11:23:53)
Datashift avatarlol, use math 3w+extratorrent+2c, problem is people are getting complacent and forgot about the 90's and mIrc

posted by (2016-04-12 17:04:21)
No avatarG2A & fast2play website for cheap steam games, links are removed as well....

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