Friday, January 27, 2012

Twitter Censorship: Tweets still must flow (Thanks @ev and @biz)

As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.

Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We have also built in a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why.

Twitter Blog: Tweets still must flow <-- click for more info

- I personally and professionally commend Twitter on doing this, by enacting these types of measures, they allow Twitter to have a greater global reach and also remove some liability issues in a global marketplace where laws are different, compliance in the future with these governments is crucial to the future of innovation in the field of digital advertising where I have hung my shingle. - SLP
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