This might wind up be closed as too localized but I figured I would post asking for help.

This morning when I got into work I noticed that images on StackOverflow questions (example) are being blocked if they are hosted on i.stack.imgur.com.

If I browse directly to the URL of the image I get the lovely Blocked Website message that our company uses for inappropriate and restricted websites.

Our organization uses Bluecoat to determine the site's allowed or not allowed based on the categorization of the site. i.stack.imgur.com is classified as Online Storage thus is restricted for usage. But I can browse to imgur.com with no restrictions.

Any chance you can fixed this by getting i.stack.imgur.com reclassified?

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    stack.imgur is also blocked where I work, however it's determined by our IT department. Domain blocking software is usually configurable to each company since not everywhere is going to want to block the same sites. I suggest you enquire with your IT dept. – Ian Dec 3 '12 at 15:10
  • @Ian they will only unblock websites that have legitimate business reason for usage. stack.imgur.com will not fall into category of legitimate business need. I think stack.imgur.com just got moved into the Online Storage category since I had no issues last week. – Taryn Dec 3 '12 at 15:13
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    @bluefeet Is i.imgur.com blocked? Here's a random example pulled from their front page to test. If you're a programmer Stack Overflow must be considered a legitimate business resource, and stack.imgur is part of that. – Jeremy Banks Dec 3 '12 at 15:17
  • @JeremyBanks no that is not blocked, just stack.imgur is blocked – Taryn Dec 3 '12 at 15:18
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    i.stack.imgur.com is "currently categorized as Computers/Internet and Online Storage". You may be able to convince your IT department to whitelist it based on its usage in Stack Overflow; my IT department has apparently done so. – mmyers Dec 3 '12 at 15:21
  • @mmyers I will submit a request to our IT department but it can take up to 3 months for it to be re-categorized. – Taryn Dec 3 '12 at 15:37
  • I have the same issue. Closed why? unlikely to help any future visitors? (Wrong). Relevant to small geographic area (wrong) specific moment in time (wrong) extraordinary blah blah blah (wrong). – Nick May 6 '13 at 22:47
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    In my opinion, this is not too localized, as in many locations imgur and subdomains are blocked for questionable content/media/bandwidth/generic excuse. Please reopen for consideration. – nanofarad May 22 '14 at 20:52
  • I have the same issue. I'm working on convincing my IT security folks to whitelist i.stack.imgur.com but am not very hopeful... – pabrams Jan 7 '16 at 17:36
  • Here's the answer I got: "It’s a sharing site and (my company name) proprietary information can be uploaded there – therefore its blocked on those grounds. " sigh – pabrams Jan 7 '16 at 19:10
  • related – bummi May 12 '19 at 11:53

Here's my Tamper monkey script that replaces imgur links with a proxy search engine links. It works fine for me better than using a proxy.

Proxy search engine: DuckDuckGO

Tampermonkey: Download

// ==UserScript==
// @name           imgur to duckduckgo
// @description    Replaces all imgur links on reddit with duckduckgo links
// @include        https://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @include        https://stackexchange.com/*
// @include        https://stackoverflow.com/*

// ==/UserScript==


function changeImages()
    var images = document.getElementsByTagName('img');
    for (var i=0;i<images.length;i++) {
        var p = /imgur\.com/;
        var src = images[i].src;
        var res = p.exec(src);

        if (res!=null) {
            images[i].src = 'https://duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=' + src;

function changeAnchors()
    var a = document.getElementsByTagName('a');
    for (var i=0;i<a.length;i++) {
        var p = /imgur\.com/;
        var href = a[i].href;
        var res = p.exec(href);

        if (res!=null) {
            a[i].href = 'https://duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=' + href;
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I travel the world, and in a number of them, imgur, all subdomains, have been blocked, usually along the lines of even a -single- image insulting a government leader.

Places where Imgur has been banned nationwide for at least a week where I've lived:

  • Colombia (nationwide for 6 weeks in 2015) = reason: Offenses against humanity; brutality + strong sexual content)
  • India's largest telecom (ACT Fibre) = child pornography; in December 2016, there was a 3 week general ban by the government, stating, "This site has been blocked as per the instructions of Competent Authority: Site contains illicit photos of inhumane nature."
  • UAE = Insults against the Monarchy; banned when I went there in July 2017 with big notice in the airport exec lounge on sites not to travel to (including their generalized felony-level ban on VPNs and proxies)
  • Indonesia (Majority of ISPs) = Along with Reddit: Offenses Against Good Moral Standing

Again, these are just the places I've lived since 2013 and personally witnessed the bans.

Imgur is currently banned at my workplace in the United States, too.

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    While it might be an interesting trivia, this isn't really helpful and doesn't give real answer to the question. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 26 '18 at 19:28

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