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If a web page isn't available because of censorship, error code 451 will appear on your screen
Normally HTTP status code 404 appears on the screen if a web page doesn't exist. This makes you aware with the unavailability of the resource, but does not give the exact reason for the unavailability. Now the Global Internet Regulatory body has come up with a better solution for this and have newly published 451 HTTP status code.
The new status code will warn you when a page isn't available because of censorship or any other legal obstacles. The status code has been approved by IESG (Internet Engineering Steering Group) on December 18 and will soon be launching a new feature called RFC (Request for Comments). The web publishers and administrators can start to implement the new status code on their websites.

The 451 HTTP status code was a long time demand of the anti-censorship advocates. In 2013 Web openness advocates proposed the introduction of HTTP 451 to specify when pages weren't available because of legal reasons such as a web page censored by the government, or if the page was deemed dangerous to national security, copyright, or privacy.

Coming to the reference of the status code 451, it originated from 1953's dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. In the novel the writer visualized a place where books were forbidden.

Let's wait and see how the 451 error HTTP status code is implemented worldwide!

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