At a time when Internet censorship has become a hot topic, Twitter has decided to announced that it will now censor tweets by country, and certain tweets may now be blocked on a particular country depending on the rules of that country.
Previously when Twitter blocked a tweet, it was removed from Twitter, now what will happen is that Twitter will be able to block a tweet from being shown in one country, whilst the tweet can still be seen in other countries around the world.
One year ago, we posted “The Tweets Must Flow,” in which we said,
“The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact … almost every country in the world agrees that freedom of expression is a human right. Many countries also agree that freedom of expression carries with it responsibilities and has limits.”
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.
You can find out more information on what Twitter has planned over at the Twitter Blog, thousands users on Twitter seem less than impressed by Twitter’s latest move and the impact it could have on free speech.