Twitter announced on January 26th that it would reactively withhold tweets from specific countries while keeping them available for users in other countries. In a post on its blog, Twitter said there were some countries it would not work with if their views of freedom of expression are too different from the company’s values, but said it would act to follow laws in countries like France and Germany where pro-Nazi speech is banned. Opponents of the new policy cite the role of free speech on Facebook and Twitter in starting the Arab Spring and worry that by preventing users from seeing tweets, Twitter will undermine the right to free speech. How do you think sites like Twitter should draw the line between protecting free speech and respecting the laws and sovereignty of other countries?

Twitter to selectively ‘censor’ tweets by country

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