Actual text is here: https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-httpbis-legally-restricted-status/?include_text=1
It doesn’t have an RFC number yet.
The actual status code in the draft is “451 Unavailable For Legal Reasons”.
I’m very irked by how boingboing is spinning this. Censorship could be a reason. It’s not the reason for this status code. But “Legal reasons” doesn’t sound attractive enough to generate as much ad revenue as “danger, danger, censorship!”
They don’t care about the truth, they don’t have a decent bone in their body left when they are willing to go this low just to get you to click. And meanwhile they shame you for using ad blockers! Can you believe it?!
The politically tendentious discussion should not be fought out by “ journalists” on the level of the http protocol. What are their motives? What do they gain? Easy. Clicks due to their tone that “the Internet is threatened again!”
No it’s not - not by this status code at least. The real threat I would argue comes from these poor schmucks who spin the truth just to serve their own agenda, and that these same schmucks without qualms have the audacity to call themselves journalists. It’s despicable!
And the saddest part of this is that journalism this day in age has gotten so used to selling you the conflicts, blame, shame, and lies, because of the clicks, that boingboing (stupid name) can’t even be blamed for anything other maintaining the standard they all sunk to. Downright appalling and they should be ashamed of themselves.