Google had quietly adopted Balatarin into an early pilot of a service called Project Shield. That service, designed to stop DDOS attacks from being used as a censorship tool, currently protects close to a hundred similar sites focused on human rights, election monitoring and independent political news. And now it’s finally coming out of its invite-only beta phase to offer its free cyberattack protection to not just the most at-risk sites on the Internet, but to virtually any news site that requests it.
See, in this context, it’s a good thing – a free DDoS shield, that could theoretically even stand up to the Great Firehose of China, and designed for almost exactly that purpose. Avoiding censorship.
Now flip the context: Google just took a huge step against Facebook’s Instant Articles. I’m really not sure where I stand on this, to be honest.