Twitter in the Center of Controversy Over Censorship

Can you believe that Twitter has been around less than a decade?  It has become such an intricate piece of the social fabric that it’s as if the world has never been without it…sort of like cell phones.  For the first time, we were able to say whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted, about whatever crossed our mind and get feedback.  Go figure. Well, now some of that will change with the new censorship rules that Twitter will be enforcing in some countries.

According to the L.A. Times, Twitter has pronounced that they will have to adhere to censor certain tweets if asked by the governments of some of its subscribers.  But this announcement has outraged the Arab nations more than others since Twitter was a major proponent of the Egyptian people during  the uprising in Cairo last year.  The use of Twitter was the beginning of the end of the Egyptian regime even after they tried to shut down the Internet.

But Twitter claims they’re getting a bad rap! The other social gathering hubs at Yahoo, Facebook, and Google are grappling with the same issues.   How do they appease the big corporations that sponsor their sites and then let their subscribers criticize them even run campaigns against them?

Twitter wants to assure the world that they are going to be diligent in their censoring process.  The L.A. reported:

Twitter will post a censorship notice whenever a tweet is removed, similar to what Google does. It will share the removal requests on the Chilling Effects website, which advocates for Internet freedom and tracks take-down notices.

So before you get mad at them too, read more here on their commitment to letting you say whatever pops into your head.

-J.C. Brooks

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