By Cristina Hodgson • 30 October 2019 • 20:47
SPANISH military police requested the app to be taken down.
The petition was duly noted by Microsoft-owned GitHub who subsequently blocked Spanish users from accessing the app designed to help Catalan independence protesters.
Authorities have described the Tsunami Democràtic group, which is behind the app, as a “criminal organisation” which incites riots.
GitHub said it always complied with lawful requests.
A spokesman said: “Although we may not always agree with those laws, we may need to block content if we receive a valid request from a government official so that our users in that jurisdiction may continue to have access to GitHub to collaborate and build software.”
GitHub have previously received take down requests from China and Russia, related to different incidents.
Tsunami Democràtic used GitHub to develop tools to co-ordinate protest action, including an encrypted communication app.
The group helped to organise pro-independence rallies at Barcelona airport, which saw dozens of flights cancelled, tactics copied from demonstrators in Hong Kong.
The Spanish military police, or Guardia Civil, said protestors had engaged in “sabotage” of Spain’s main infrastructure.
Joe Brew, an independent data scientist, said the ban was likely to be ineffective.
“Trying to ban these types of things is like a game of cat-and-mouse. The moment you succeed with a ban in one place, it pops up in ten other places.”
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