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

Julian Oliver julian at julianoliver.com
Sat Dec 15 04:18:40 PST 2012


Per-country censorship:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/twitter-censorship-policy-global-outrage_n_1238188.html

Trending topics:

    http://blog.tweetsmarter.com/twitter-rules/twitter-admits-editing-offensive-trending-topics-plans-more/

Or not:

    http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2012/01/27/twitter-isnt-censoring-you-your-government-is/

There was also this case of Twitter blocking an account with pro-Nazi sentiment:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57534798-93/report-twitter-bans-german-group-for-hate-speech/

Even if Twitter did 'censor' tweets/accounts etc, we can hardly get all that
upset about it (although it should be in the TOS). 

Twitter is as much Public Space as a shopping mall; it's a privately owned
service. Twitter and Facebook aren't part of the Commons yet regularly I hear
people, from professors in the Humanities to activists referring to them as
such.

People's Tweets, Facebook walls, GMails are on a businessman's hard disk,
surrounded by air-con, security-guards, lawyers and share-holders.

Cheers,

-- 
Julian Oliver
http://julianoliver.com
http://criticalengineering.org

..on Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 12:47:31AM -0800, Brian Conley wrote:
> 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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> >> not pay close attention to the human interaction factors involved
> >> risk failing to provide security by failing to attract users."
> >> ~Len Sassaman
> >>
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> >>
> >>
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