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[liberationtech] Where can I find the Twitter censorship handbook?

Brian Conley brianc at smallworldnews.tv
Sat Dec 15 00:47:31 PST 2012


John,

So am I mistaken that Twitter "blocks" (and by blocks I mean does not allow
to be visible) certain content in certain countries, in accordance with
local regulation?

I'm not saying its right or wrong, but unless I'm mistaken about this, its
a bit melodramatic to get on your high horse about the "lack if censorship
or mediation" of tweets, which, if twitter filters tweets based on location
is just prima facie untrue.

I happen to completely understand why twitter does this and believe the
ability to "change your set location" in order to avoid the filtering is a
good workaround. That said, no need to be rude, dramatic, or misleading.

Brian
On Dec 15, 2012 4:38 AM, "John Adams" <jna at retina.net> wrote:

> I work there. Read the damn TOS.  Twitter -does not- censor or meditate
> content.
>
> https://support.twitter.com/articles/15794-abusive-behavior
>
> and
>
> https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311-the-twitter-rules
>
> It's a serious affront to all the work we've done to enable people to
> freely communicate, and the number of times that we've gone to bat for
> users,  to make posts like these.
>
> -john
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>>   Have you tried contacting twitter support directly? In the first
>> instance, it's likely that you were reported by someone who saw it and took
>> offense to it.
>>
>>   As for having tweets reported for spam, it could have been a competitor
>> (and that type of reporting is easy to automate). But the Twitter spam
>> algorithm could also have interpreted the [short tweet length + link +
>> popular hashtag] as being spam.
>>
>>   From a merchant perspective, we kind of operate at her majesty's
>> pleasure.  By that I mean that social networks make the rules, enforce them
>> (or not), and our only real recourse is to move to another, less populated
>> social network.  I'd recommend talking to twitter support before totally
>> writing it off, but you might not get a resolution for the reasons
>> mentioned above.
>>
>> Best,
>> Griffin Boyce
>> @abditum
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM, Uncle Zzzen <unclezzzen at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Warning for the politically-correct: this message contains the N-word. I
>>> believe it is in context :)
>>
>>
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>>
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