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How Will You React To Twitter's Regional Censorship Plan? 181

Posted by timothy
from the 140-chars-plus-the-evil-bit dept.
Despite (and probably partly because of) its much-touted role as a communications link in the Arab Spring protest movements of the last year, Twitter announced a few days ago that it could be (which I take to mean "will be, and probably are") selectively blocking tweets based on local governments' requests. This AP story (as carried by stuff.co.nz) gives an overview of the negative reaction this move has drawn; unsurprisingly, there's talk of a boycott. The EFF has what seems to be a fair look at the reality of Twitter take-downs, noting that for various reasons they remove certain content already, but not as much as some parties would like; VentureBeat looks at the thousands of take-down notices the company received last year. If you use Twitter, does the recently announced region-specific blocking change what you'll use it for?
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How Will You React To Twitter's Regional Censorship Plan?

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  • Don't know. (Score:5, Informative)

    by An Ominous Coward (13324) on Sunday January 29, 2012 @12:38PM (#38857811)

    I'll probably go with "continue to not use twitter".

  • by houghi (78078) on Sunday January 29, 2012 @01:17PM (#38858147)

    Because you don't use twitter this does not concern you?

            First they came for the communists,
            and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

            Then they came for the trade unionists,
            and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

            Then they came for the Jews,
            and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

            Then they came for the Catholics,
            and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.

            Then they came for me
            and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • Re:I won't (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dhalka226 (559740) on Sunday January 29, 2012 @03:04PM (#38858797)

    its always handy to have a 'fools identification' device of some kind or another, isn't it?

    Yes. For example, I have had much success identifying self-important twats with superiority compelxes by their incessant need to talk about how much smarter they are than anybody who uses Facebook or Twitter.

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