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[liberationtech] Fwd: Twitter May Censor Tweets in Individual Countries

Brian Conley brianc at
Wed Feb 1 17:05:42 PST 2012


It seems that the general consensus is that Twitter is taking these steps
to improve their business and bottom-line where they have offices.

One example would be that in the UK they are most likely being pressured
due to the impact Twitter had on the riots last year. Since Twitter has a
regional office in the UK there is more pressure on them to comply with
such demands.

What I'd really like to know more about is whether Twitter has said they
will make any distinction based on the "reason" for the "censorship" or
blocking of a tweet in a specific country.

IE will political issues be mentioned freely, but "criminal" issues such as
apparent organizing by rioters not be mentioned?

I really do think that while there is an issue to pursue here, it has
little to do with free speech in repressive states and a lot more to do
with the open-ness of the internet in states that are "more free" or often
assumed to be completely free such as the European states which, as Jillian
noted earlier, do not have the same free speech "protections" that we have
in the US.


On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM, Mark Gould <mark.e.gould at> wrote:

> (originally replied by mistake to sender, now to list, with addendum)
> Dear list members, and god, I mean Lillian,
> OK, facts then. How would the "mechanism" (which would be what) better
> enforce (whose) already existing policy? I'm asking for information and
> links, and if people want me to I'll go back through the list. I don't deal
> with innuendo, or rumors, and you don't know me. I'm a journalist, an
> editor, a writer who deals in the facts. So help, not insinuations, is what
> I'm asking for.
> Micah, thanks for the info on StatusNet... I am somewhat familiar with
>, but I completely take your point that at least for now, to get
> your message out it's hard to ignore Twitter. Craig, I'm still on the
> fence, and will read your complete post. What I admit I'm completely naive
> about and would like to be more informed goes somewhat to your point. If,
> let's say, Twitter did not censor content that would reach Iran or some
> other oppressive nation state, what is the world tribunal or tribunals that
> would hold Twitter accountable. Perhaps before saying more, I'll read your
> post, and research the legal aspects of this.
> Mark
> On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Jillian C. York <jilliancyork at
> >wrote:
> > Dear god, not this again.
> >
> >
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