January 28, 2012

Twitter to restrict Tweets in certain Countries

Popular micro-blogging website Twitter announced that it will restrict its users' tweets in certain countries while keeping it available in the rest of the world, following the censorship policies.

As the site has grown internationally, all the countries have different ideas about the freedom of expression and the site will respect the laws of the governments while disseminating the information.

The decision may upset its users, but Twitter thinks the censorship tool as a way to ensure individual messages/tweets/contents remain available to other people while respecting different laws around the world.

Following the path of internet search engine Google, Twitter will post a censorship notice when the content will be removed. It is also planning to share the removal requests received from the governments, companies and users at chillingeffects.org.

The policy is one of the core values to defend and respect each user's voice. "We try to keep content up wherever and whenever we can, and we will be transparent with users when we can't. The tweets must continue to flow", Twitter wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

Twitter's decision to begin censoring content came a year after the revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries where the anti-government protesters staged mass demonstrations and the social network played a vital role to spread the protests.

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