einsteinboricua
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Website Redirect...mad!

Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:01 pm

OK, I can understand countries where censorship is the norm and you are either blocked or redirected to something more "government friendly". But I am in the US (well, a territory) and websites are rarely redirected...that is until now.

I still don't know what designation Puerto Rico has in the world: are we part of the US or not? But I'm boiling mad that both CNN and MSN now redirect me to their other versions. With CNN, I am automatically redirected to CNN international. It's good, but I want to read about US news, not international news and this version doesn't have many of them. At least, CNN permits me to click the US site and take it from there. But MSN is a different story. They redirect me to MSN Latino, a Spanish, more tabloid version of the US version of MSN and there is no way I can go to the regular MSN.com. Yesterday, I thought it was just a glitch and I could redirect through MSNBC. Now, that loophole is closed.

Google also does this. They pick up your country and quickly assume that you want to search everything in your language. At least Google has settings so that you can use any language without problem.

My question is WHY? Why is it that all of a sudden I am forced to visit these sites and barred from the ones I originally picked? OK, maybe if I were in a foreign country I could understand that, but I'm in a US territory. I should have access to the US site at the very least, even if our language is Spanish (which is BS since English is an official language here too).

Anyone else having this problem with other sites?
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RE: Website Redirect...mad!

Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:39 pm

When I'm in foreign coutries, yes; but most sites -like CNN- give you an option. It can be permantent re-direction; I have it set to International on CNN. I've never seen a re-direct that is permanent or one that you can't get out of.
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RE: Website Redirect...mad!

Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:17 pm

I get this option in a small pop up. It asks me if I would like to set CNN international as my default site. There is a check box.

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RE: Website Redirect...mad!

Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:41 pm

Most media companies do not have international rights, or have sold their rights in certain countries to local companies.
 
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RE: Website Redirect...mad!

Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:31 am

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
I still don't know what designation Puerto Rico has in the world: are we part of the US or not? But I'm boiling mad that both CNN and MSN now redirect me to their other versions. With CNN, I am automatically redirected to CNN international. It's good, but I want to read about US news, not international news and this version doesn't have many of them. At least, CNN permits me to click the US site and take it from there. But MSN is a different story. They redirect me to MSN Latino, a Spanish, more tabloid version of the US version of MSN and there is no way I can go to the regular MSN.com.

They're never going to make everyone happy; if the sites automatically pointed to the full domestic U.S. versions only, you'd likely have some Puerto Ricans complaining about that as well.
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