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Twitter Can Now Block Tweets In Specific Countries 151

itwbennett writes "In a blog post on Thursday, Twitter announced that it can now block individual Tweets in specific countries, while leaving them visible in other countries. 'We try to keep content up whenever and wherever we can, and we will be transparent with users when we can't,' the blog said. Twitter will publish requests it receives to block content through its partnership with Chilling Effects."
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Twitter Can Now Block Tweets In Specific Countries

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  • Re:Why would twitter (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, 2012 @12:12AM (#38836343)

    Easy, here, take a look at this compression format [wikipedia.org]. You just need a special decompressor software and Internet access to unpack it.

    And yes, linking is crime as well in SOPA.

  • Re:Proxy. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @12:19AM (#38836363)

    No, it is very relevant. Besides the fact that not everyone knows about proxies(and they are still not trivial to use on mobile devices, which is what many protesters use), you also have the fact that this is very much a "silent" form of censorship.

    Someone has a major case of "I didn't read TFA." Relevant quote:

    If Twitter does remove a tweet, users in the country in which it was removed will see a grayed-out tweet in their timeline that says a message from an identified user has been withheld.

    This is the exact opposite of "silent" censorship as you seem to mean it. The users know something was blocked, and it sounds like they know who sent it.

  • Re:Lovely (Score:2, Informative)

    by Endovior ( 2450520 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @01:34AM (#38836635)

    This isn't for Egypt, Saudi Arabia or third world countries.

    Duh. Those are full of spear-chuckin niggers, dune coons, and other undesirables. I really like the name spear-chucker. It works. It fits. The white man invented sailing ships and sailed the globe and found the black man. Not the fucking other way around. For a reason. That is why blacks are inferior. This is not a few people vs a few people. This is much bigger than a statistically significant sample size. This is a whole people, tens upon tens of millions, over thousands of years .. vs a whole people, tens upon tens of millions, even more thousands of years. If all early human ancestors were from Africa than the fucking niggers had even more time than the white man. But they are the primitives. What does that tell you? They fail at life. They are spear chuckers. They are tribal and savage and always will be except the white man found them. They sold each other into slavery too so don't even start with that shit. Oh and all white people have ancestors who were once slaves so again don't bother with that bullshit, it only works on the government educated masses not on me.

    Wow. Racist of the year award goes to this man. Why did Europe 'discover' Africa, and not vice-versa? Guns, Germs, and Steel: look it up. The macrohistorical advancement of a 'race' has more to do with geography, climate, and natural resources than anything else, and if you don't believe that, it's because you're an idiot.

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