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twitter to selectively censor tweets

27th January 2012

In a new blog post on the twitter website entitled "Tweets must still flow" (a misquote from Frank Herbert's Dune), twitter announced yesterday that if in one country the authorities request that a tweet be withdrawn for legal reasons, twitter now has the ability to pull that particular tweet in the country where it is banned, without affecting the worldwide view of it.

Inevitably, some people will be up in arms about this move, but in a world where countries impose different laws on their citizens, maybe it makes sense.  Is it better to censor an illegal tweet (for example, one claiming the Holocaust never happened, in Germany) than have the German authorities shutting down twitter and throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

 


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