"This means that Twitter will now be able to perform a country-specific blocking as requested by the authorities in that country"Ihavethefeelingthatinsteadofgoingforward,weareleadingtoaworldthatafewpeoplewillcontroleverything...
Twitter's CEO, Costolo answered a few questions in a conference a couple of days ago on this topic. He claims that the change in their policy is to improve transparency in the way they operate.
Costolo mentioned that they were faced with many requests to remove certain content raised by many governments. Therefore, they had to make a re-adjustment to provide this transparency. Costolo also pointed out that they were not performing any form of tracking in Twitter and were operating purely on the basis of a warn-and-remove policy.
Twitter employs 45 people who are in charge of removing flagged content and these people operate based on the instructions they receive regarding breach of ownership and IPR matters.
I don't know how convincing Costolo's explanations are for most people but, however you look at it, there is less freedom on Twitter today than there was last week and probably that's what matters the most.
@Cryptoman, I totally understand why twitter took this extreme step. It doesnt want to loose its marketshare in countries like China and India where government is forcing twitter and FB to give regulate their content. But sadly if this happens users will loose their freedom of expression and I fear many people will shiftaway from twitter to other non-regulated websites.
Last Thursday Twitter made an announcement entitled "Tweets Must Flow" declaring that it is now able to locally block Tweets based on a keyword filter technology they have developed. This technology will allow Twitter to avoid having to take global action on offense caused by content in certain parts of the world.
This means that Twitter will now be able to perform a country-specific blocking as requested by the authorities in that country. Many activists pro freedom of speech claim that this new control mechanism will be a major obstacle in allowing people to freely express themselves.
Many will recall not so long ago, Twitter and Facebook together with other social media channels played a significant role in bringing down oppressive rulers in countries such as Libya, Egypt and Tunisia during what is called the 'Arab Spring'.
At first sight, this move by Twitter looks like it goes against freedom of speech but in countries where governments find certain messages offensive or threatening, automatically block access to Twitter altogether. This prevents the use of Twitter for everyone in all countries involved. Maybe this new filter will ensure that Tweeting will be possible uninterrupted, 24/7 in most parts of the world though under regulation.
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