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Why Is Google’s App Engine Blocking All Links to PayPal?

Because they can?

Because they want to protect you?

Because they know best?

Because PayPal sucks?

Because they are pushing their competing service, Google Checkout?

Remember, guys, don’t be evil.

Update: A Google employee named “Marzia” updated the Google groups thread thanking everyone for the bug update.

“Thanks for the report! This is a bug, and we have located the problem.

There was an error in our anti-phishing protections that was blocking

some specific URL domains from being fetched using the URLFetch

service. This was an oversight on our part, and these specific domain

restrictions will be removed in the next few days.”

The message both verifies that the block was unintentional and verifies it originates from Google servers purportedly protecting users from phishing sites.