Twitter adopts country-specific censorship regime - how will that work?


10 Responses to “Twitter adopts country-specific censorship regime - how will that work?”

  1. pepik says:

    Cory, the link to Chilling Effects is broken.

  2. stephencwilson says:

    Yep, looks like it should be

  3. IamInnocent says:

    And of course, Twitter only has to honor censorship demands in countries where it has offices and assets; Lower Pottsylvania can require removal of every mention of Glorious Leader, but unless Twitter has an office there, it can safely ignore the orders

    Now let’s find a country where freedom of speech is fully enforced to harbor our offices and assets… oh, wait: ACTA, extradition treaties, rendition secret agreements…

    • digi_owl says:

      I wonder how long before IP enforcement will be a justification for black vans grabbing random people off the street, never to be seen again…

  4. Bob Churchill says:

    Twitter handled this badly. Way too close to SOPA/PIPA/ACTA etc so everyone is worried about censorship. And the title of their announcement “Tweets still must flow” only serves to emphasise that they *are* restricting the flow!

    What they should have done is played up the extent to which users would *know* they’d been censored – and made this the real focus of what they were doing. Instead of everyone reporting “Twitter to censor tweets by country” they could have been reporting “Twitter sticks it to illiberal countries – Will tell users if they’re forced to censor their tweets”.

    (It would be bit like when a Judge finds someone guilty but only fines them a dollar in recognition that the letter but not the spirit of the law that’s been upheld.)

    Twitter could have passed this off as being the cunning Robin Hoods of internet censorship, instead of giving off the whiff of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s lackey.

  5. Guest says:

    Or, to paraphrase, “When Twitter receives a demand from an oppressive regime to restrict a key source of information flow that could help coordinate resistance and aid the fight to liberate the population, Twitter will only restrict the information in the country ruled by the requesting oppressive regime.”

  6. TNW say Twitter have been not-so-discreet about a workaround:

  7. Papu Mendoza says:

    What’s the meaning of a bigger audience if you can’t speak your mind and yourself?

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