The rationale? "As for the reason, BurstNet hasn't made that clear either." Some recent reporting offers conflicting reasons, without clarity. Copyright violation wasn't it, which is unusual.
We can speculate as to the bad thing meriting such an act: al Qaeda, child pornography, gambling, furry fan fiction. Similarly, the agency behind it could be a government conspiracy, a surveillance state overreaching, the start of something worse, or some hideous constellation of errors.
But before reasons come forth, it's a fascinating moment. This mass deletion opens up so many fearsome possibilities. We have to think through every possible fearsome thing online. All lines are open, all specters ready to be summoned. Call it Infocult Hour.
*Archive.org still has copies of the old Blogetery main page available.
(via Jesse Walker and others)