A US startup that claims to be the world’s first user-managed employee-run forum has been blocked from operating by the US government because of the company’s alleged ties to WikiLeaks.
The company, which operates out of Silicon Valley, says it is in talks with US authorities but said it will appeal the ruling.
WikiLeaks was founded in the United States by Julian Assange in 2012 to fight for transparency in government.
The whistleblowing organisation has published tens of thousands of documents on US elections and intelligence activities.
WikiNews.com, which has links to WikiLeaks, is one of several US-based forums, which the FBI said could help people find “information that might be of interest to law enforcement”.
But US Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee in March that WikiLeaks is “an adversary of the United Kingdom”.
The FBI said it was investigating the company for alleged violations of US cyber law.
Wikinews.com was also blocked from running on GitHub, a GitHub-hosted website, by the White House last week, saying that the platform was used to publish material about the Clinton campaign.
The block on GitHub is the latest move in a campaign by the Obama administration to prevent WikiLeaks from operating.
Earlier this year, the US Treasury Department barred WikiLeaks from conducting any operations in the US and asked the organisation to pay $10m in penalties.
WikiMedia.com has also been blocked in the UK, where it is based.
Wiki News is run by two individuals, the founder and chief executive, and two employees, including one who is a WikiLeaks spokesman.