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Twitter Will Soon Start Censoring Tweets

Sites include . Published on February 4th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

Twitter as you may recall was a potent part of some of the world’s biggest protests in 2011, including the riots in the UK. Following this revelation, many governments had called for greater control over Twitter and for a while Twitter looked set on staying on the side of the people. Now that hope is all but gone.

According to a new policy being implemented by Twitter, censoring of tweets will now begin on a country-specific basis, allowing Twitter to censor what gets said on its platform without affecting the overall operation of the micro-blogging platform. In statement released concerning the new policy, Twitter said this: “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.”

Many are seeing this as the beginning of the end of free speech on Twitter and people aren’t buying the notion that it will only be used to comply with the requests of so-called ‘Third World’ governments. I for one tend to agree; with SOPA and PIPA set to have such far reaching powers, Twitter it seems is extending the olive branch—to the US government.

We’ll watch to see how this develops.

Is free speech dying on Twitter? Let us know in the comments below.

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