Twitter, yesterday, announced through its blog post that it will limit the content on the micro-blogging site according to specified countries’ freedom of expression – giving an ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country – while keeping it available in the rest of the world.
The company states last year that its instance goal is to connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them – some tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country, some make us laugh, some make us think and even some result in anger to a vast majority of users.
But, with the site’s yesterday moves, it states – “Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We have also built in a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why.”
Other sites such as search engine giant, Google already blocks search results and other content in a number of countries across the world for almost similar reasons. But for Twitter, its different as the site was built in order to prepare a force of global process and human enlightenment in the form of tweets.
The announcement censoring tweets based on countries was not well-received and result into a series of criticism around the web. In lieu of making the announcement – the process would atleast be transparent in nature. The micro-blogging site was working with Chilling Effects to make notices and orders sent to twitter publicly available.