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Nat Friedman
It is painful for me to hear how trade restrictions have hurt people. We have gone to great lengths to do no more than what is required by the law, but of course people are still affected. GitHub is subject to US trade law, just like any company that does business in the US.
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Nat Friedman 27 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
To comply with US sanctions, we unfortunately had to implement new restrictions on private repos and paid accounts in Iran, Syria, and Crimea. Public repos remain available to developers everywhere – open source repos are NOT affected.
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Nat Friedman 27 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
The restrictions are based on place of residence and location, not on nationality or heritage. If someone was flagged in error, they can fill out a form to get the restrictions lifted on their account within hours. More info is on our policy page:
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Nat Friedman 27 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
Users with restricted private repos can also choose to make them public. Our understanding of the law does not give us the option to give anyone advance notice of restrictions.
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Nat Friedman 27 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
We're not doing this because we want to; we're doing it because we have to. GitHub will continue to advocate vigorously with governments around the world for policies that protect software developers and the global open source community.
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ΞWoki, GITer of Coins 28 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
Why didn’t you give the users who were to be deplatformed any advance notice so they could download their work hosted on GitHub?
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Nat Friedman 28 Jul 19
Replying to @owocki
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Ogan Mancarci 28 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
Why wasn't there a prior warning for these actions? Were these implemented in a single day right after your found out you had to block your user's access? I understand your legal obligations but a prior warning was the least that you could do
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Nat Friedman 28 Jul 19
Replying to @OganM
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Viper 29 Jul 19
Replying to @natfriedman
Just to be sure, does that mean that if I have a trip to one of the blocked countries and decide to access my github profile with local Internet am I going to be blocked from using my repos forever too?
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Nat Friedman 29 Jul 19
Replying to @dsf_dimas
No.
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