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

Uncle Zzzen unclezzzen at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 10:22:07 PST 2012


>
> Even if Twitter did 'censor' tweets/accounts etc, we can hardly get all
> that
> upset about it (although it should be in the TOS).
>
We CAN and SHOULD get upset, if not about the censorship, but on the lack
of transparency.
We need to at least have indication that a tweet was banned (or banned in
some countries - it's important, because I live in one :) ).
This has nothing to do with what's "right" or "moral". It's a "consumer"
issue: this service is unpredictable.
For example - Jillian has offered the theory that the "N-word tweets" were
blocked by the recipient (not what happened in this case), but why should
this be theory and not fact? We're talking about relationships between
people.

When I @mention someone, I shouldn't need to guess whether:
a. They've read my tweet, got offended and blocked me
b. Never read my tweet because twitter has "protected" them from it
Especially if it's a fan-to-celeb tweet (luckily, I'm no teenager).

This is not only a feature request. It's a bug report. Twitter is broken
until it's fixed.

BTW, sometimes the lack of transparency is due to policy and not
technology: when they closed down @AnonOpsSweden (twice), twitter (people,
not machines) didn't say why. If twitter believes this is acceptable, maybe
they don't WANT to invest in features that inform me about their [non]
censorship decisions.

It's their right (although it would only be fair to add "we might take you
down for reasons we can't discuss with you" to the TOS), but let the
consumer be very afraid.
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