Twitter to Selectively Block Certain Tweets to Some Countries

January 27th, 2012 at 2:45 am

Twitter has updated its system with an “ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country–while keeping it available in the rest of the world.” Yes, it sounds like selective censorship.

This new feature would enable Twitter to be more effective in tailoring itself to the needs of certain countries. This can be seem as a good thing or a bad thing.

For instance, it is a crime in Turkey to speak against its “Turkishness.” Turkish Twitter users would be restricted to publish or view anti-patriotic blurbs on the microblog site in Turkey, but users in other countries would be able to see it.

Although Twitter has yet to implement this new method, reactions about the announcement has been mixed. While some readers from TechCrunch were okay with the idea, calling it “necessary,” others even compared Twitter’s new ability to SOPA and PIPA.

Source: Twitter Blog, via TechCrunch


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