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[liberationtech] Twitter May Censor Tweets in Individual Countries

Mark Gould mark.e.gould at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 13:52:52 PST 2012


Hello,

Forgive me if I've missed some important news online, or having just
recently joined this list and began following on twitter. However, I'm a
media turned net activist/writer and seriously concerned about the twitter
censorship issue.

I have two questions. 1, has there been either a serious proposal or
emerging discussion about a long-term boycott of Twitter? and 2, What other
technologies/platforms/networks might exist as an alternative to Twitter,
perhaps open source and not a business, that would be a viable alternative
to Twitter? What comes to the top of my mind is IRC, other chat
technologies, listservs, and at the moment, I'm not coming up with much
else. It would seem this would need to be browser based and accessible via
Android and other mobile platforms, in part so there could be a very large
buy-in by those seeking such an alternative.

And, I wonder, is it premature to consider this? Must we still rely on
Twitter to at least broadcast messages to countries where it is "legal" to
do so?

I am open to any and all links concerning why, after 2011, Twitter "backed
down." Strictly capitalism? Pressure from the CIA?

Mark



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