Approximately a month ago, community member
Embellished Tangible Darklingbeetle mentioned that browsing https://audius.co/ in the Web3 browser of the Status mobile app is not permitted, and causes the following error message to appear:
This site is blocked
We detected potential malicious activity from this address. To protect you and your wallet, we’re preventing further navigation.
If you think this is an error, let us know in the #status public chat.
I tested this in the following browsers on my iPhone, and was unable to reproduce the error.
- Coinbase Wallet
- Opera Touch
- Trust Wallet
This leads me to believe that the Web3 browser in Status is detecting what it considers to be malicious behavior on the fly, or Status maintains some sort of URL blacklist which I’m concerned may be private (and thus would be in conflict with principle V, transparency). If it’s leveraging a third-party list, no other Web browser I could find is using it.
I raised this issue in the #support public chat in the Status app, but haven’t heard anything back yet… so I’m creating this thread to track updates. My most pressing concern about this behavior is that users can’t bypass the error/warning, effectively censoring the site in violation of principle II (censorship resistance). I’m unaware of any other URLs which trigger this behavior, and would appreciate hearing from anyone who is aware of any.