So @SlackHQ decided to send me this email. No way to appeal this decision. No way to prove that I'm not living in Iran and not working with Iranians on slack. Nope. Just hello we're banning your account. pic.twitter.com/giqYQcMJYz— Amir Omidi (@aaomidi) December 20, 2018
#SlackBan Slack has targeted US education by deactivating accounts of students from certain countries! Actually a lot of important academic information has been lost which are important to US education! Hope that their team can explain what is this mess! I need my account back! pic.twitter.com/SmX8SPpRso— Mahnaz Behroozi (@Mahnaz_Behroozi) December 20, 2018
Slack closed my account today!— Amir (@a_h_a) December 19, 2018
I’m a PhD student in Canada with no teammates from Iran!
Is Slack shutting down accounts of those ethnically associated with Iran?!
And what’s their source of info on my ethnicity?#slack #UsSanctions pic.twitter.com/mY8Ltczq8v
same issue for me.— Antoine Dejonckheere (@amdj90) December 20, 2018
I'm from Belgium.
I travelled to Iran a few years back in time.
I think Slack deployed a new broken version.
Honestly have no clue. IP based banning is stupid because there are a ton of Iranian Americans who travel back and forth and have slack on their phone. They will inevitably register an Iranian IP somewhere in their account.— Amir Omidi (@aaomidi) December 20, 2018
This is a warning of what you get with regulation that:— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) December 20, 2018
1) Puts enforcement responsibility on a tech platform
2) Without real guidelines/safe harbor of how to interpret
3) Over-penalizes false positives
4) Has no appeals process in the actual legal system
Get ready for more! https://t.co/vBUar6Nnap
On the other hand, Slack’s Electron client is so CPU hungry they could argue to OFAC that allowing it to be installed in Iran is a form of slow cyberwarfare against their power grid.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) December 20, 2018