I was reading an article the other day concerning Twitter's plans for a 'self-censorship' scheme, to selectively filter tweets in accordance with local laws. There has been accusations previously concerning Twitter's behavior in this sense, especially apparent during the upswing of various occupy protests where certain tweets were disrupted.
Especially as we past the year mark of the protests in Middle-East, in which the role of social media like Twitter was lauded and the attempts at internet disruption by those governments criticized- it's almost outrageous that Twitter would decide to begin this 'self-censorship' approach. Twitter tries to save face by saying it will publish when these actions are taken or requests are sent to screen it.
It does not come as a surprise to me. Twitter is of course a business and looks out for its own interests. The CEO of Twitter had earlier blasted moves by Wikipedia and others during the SOPA/PIPA blackout, so along with its previous things with occupy I think it's positions concerning these things is simple- we do not care as long as it doesn't interfere with our business model.
A few years back we encountered similar news regarding services like google and yahoo mail services with respect to their relations with certain nations, like China, which showed a cooperation by these firms with police.
Not much more say than that. Guess I found it interesting considering the context of it in light of some recent popular upheavals- though in the end these occur with or without a service like twitter.
Victim of Forgotten HopeForum bystander
26th April 2004
Well, I was surprised Twitter allowed Anonymous releasing thousands of emails and passwords through their service which meant many people had their Facebook accounts messed up with.
But let it be damned if someone criticized the Chinese Communist Party. This new legislation and changes are coming so fast that it's sad to think what the Internet will be in 10 years.
Internet in 10 years: You'll have the government-censored nets like China and Iran, the corporate-censored nets that the US, EU, and other developed countries will likely have, and you'll have the underground and unrestricted internet, which will run off of servers that are separate from the main internet and anonymous. The war on piracy will turn into an unwinnable war like the war on drugs with similar consequences.
I didn't even know Twitter did censorship until I saw this article on The Escapist. Sad, really.
Killer Kyle;5606371 I didn't even know Twitter did censorship until I saw this article on The Escapist. Sad, really.
Lot of the social media and email services do their own form of cooperation with state authorities when it comes down to ensuring their business won't be disrupted. Be it the US when it came to some of the OWS at its beginning or the mess that began in Egypt and Tunisia.
Of course if you ask them it's strictly a legal matter- be it neo-Nazi's and hateful content or child pornography and other illegal things. Like Google though they're trying to keep their 'open' facade by posting removal requests at Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
Twitter, you had a good run. Time to give one of the twenty million clones a chance.
I wonder if this move was part of their way to make themselves more appealing for investors? It's not worth running these things if you get into legal problems- looking at Facebook's recent move to a publicly held company and the high IPO, I would guess Twitter is eying the same thing in the future.