Twitter’s Country Specific Censorship Policy For Disputed Content

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“The Micro-blogging website decides for country-by-country censorship of the content reported as controversial by the local law” 

Overview:

In a significant move, the micro-blogging website Twitter has decided to censor a particular inappropriate content in some specific countries while making it available for the rest of the globe. Read more below about twitter censorship policy.

The world famous website made declaration of twitter censorship policy through its official blog, under the blogpost “The Tweets Still Must Flow.”

Until now, Twitter used to remove any undesirable content universally if it receives the complaint for the same from an authorized entity.

With this modification in twitter censorship policy, the content would be now blocked only in the country that finds it objectionable, without hampering its broadcasting in the other nations.

The ban would however be imposed only if the complaint adheres to Twitter’s terms of service and is in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, U.S. To insure transparency, the takedown requests would be made public via Chilling Effects website.

This will help the online users to know about the countries that are restricting their citizens from accessing the content.

Social Suicide Demographically:

The twitter censorship policy cannot be termed as that much shocking as the company has already spoken in its guidelines that, “International users agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.”

Alongside, the company has made somewhat familiar statement in one of its previous blog posts as well which says, “The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact”.

It further speaks out, “Almost every country in the world agrees that freedom of expression is a human right. Many countries also agree that freedom of expression carries with it responsibilities and has limits.”

Still, the announcement has invited criticism from the avid Twitter users and intellectuals, with one of the Forbes article even citing the decision as “Social Suicide”.

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Ways to deviate Social Suicide on Twitter:

Activists and protesters who consider Twitter as a potential medium to speak out their thoughts to the world with the intention to bring about a revolution have also received a major setback from the news.

But in real, they need not to panic with the decision since it is easy to get over the local censorship by following some effective methods. Interestingly one of those ways have been sponsored by the company itself where it tells the users how to avoid censors.

Yes you heard it right, Twitter helps the users to get around restrictions in one of its blog posts. If you notice any such warning corresponding to a tweet, you would only require to change your country settings to some other country.

But it is better to avoid the ‘worldwide’ option as it would revert you automatically to an IP address of your own country.

Secondly, methods such as  coded messages on popular social networking or dating sites can also be used to speak your mind free without letting the secret police to identify you.

The trick gained widespread momentum during  the Libyan political crisis last year.

As a bottomline, the censorship indeed sends alarming signals to the word considering the threat to the right to freedom of expression through this policy.

However, if you go deep inside the decision, you will realize that your freedom of speech is still intact and you can well fight for democracy and openness.

The need is however to be cautious and abide by the local rules and regulations; Twitter does not always block a tweet or a user on the insistence of a government until they defy the local laws.

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Faisal is a professional blogger at BestVPNService. A close observer of the digital world, Faisal critically monitors and reviews service providers of IT industry, particularly VPNs.

2 thoughts on “Twitter’s Country Specific Censorship Policy For Disputed Content

    • Hello Shahin,

      Thank you very much for posting your question.

      Shahin, Twitter has been filtering some content from various locations around the world and it has been observed that some of the IP’s are also being restricted of using Twitter.

      However, the situation is quiet stable at the moment and users are not finding much difficulties in using Twitter.

      Hope this will help you.

      Thanks 🙂

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