Twitter introduces censorship
From today, microblogging service Twitter is able to hide a certain site content from users in some countries at the request of the authorities of those countries.
Until now, Twitter could limit the spread of one or another content only one way - by removing it from the site and making it inaccessible to service users throughout the world. Last January, the Twitter administration issued a statement on commitment to the principles of free speech and open information.
However, Twitter notes, expanding its service worldwide, the company faces different attitude towards freedom of speech and expression by the authorities of various countries. "In some of them it is so different from our principles, we cannot work in these countries. In other countries this attitude is similar to ours, but for historical or cultural reasons, the government restricts certain types of content - such as a ban on pro-Nazi content in France or Germany", said in Twitter statement.
From now, Twitter is able to hide content, considered illegal in one country or another, from the users in this country, keeping it visible to other users of the service around the world. Twitter also intends to inform users in specific countries what tweet or an account is hidden from them and why. This information will be posted on the website Chilling Effects.
Twitter has not yet taken advantage of this opportunity, however, if the administration receives the requirement to hide one or another tweet in a specific country, the service will notify the author. According to the company, each request will be considered separately in accordance with national legislation and policies of the site.