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[liberationtech] when you are using Tor, Twitter will blocked your acc

Rich Kulawiec rsk at gsp.org
Mon Jun 9 03:30:54 PDT 2014


On Sat, Jun 07, 2014 at 10:39:06AM +0100, Nariman Gharib wrote:
> what solution do you have for solve this problem?

Don't use Twitter.

Yes, I'm quite serious.  Twitter has clearly stated that they're delighted
to provide censorship-on-demand for any country that asks nicely:

	http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-censors-political-accounts-2014-5

and even some that don't ask nicely:

	https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140521/08242627307/pakistan-internet-content-regulator-asks-twitter-to-take-down-blasphemous-search.shtml

and it's only going to get worse:

	http://gigaom.com/2014/05/21/twitters-selective-censorship-of-tweets-may-be-the-best-option-but-its-still-censorship/

because Twitter wants to do business in those countries, like selling
data on users to advertisers:

	http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/16/3427404/twitters-acquisition-of-gnip/

Consider: if Twitter is so ready, willing and able to cave in to these
demands, what possible reason is there to think that they won't give in
just as quickly to *other* demands -- like for a data dump on all the
users in a particular country or following particular accounts or using
particular tags, including their login history with IP addresses, OS
fingerprint, and everything else that they have on them?

To borrow a phrase, it's just...good business.

---rsk



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