Sad day: Twitter Announces it may restrict tweets nationally

According to various sources, like the LA Times, NY Times, and NY Magazine, Twitter may allow itself to censor tweets nationally.  This means that Twitter will block tweets from a country based on that country’s beliefs in freedom of expression.

If a tweet is blocked it will read:

Photo from LA Times article

This could have serious implications for tweeters around the world who use Twitter to speak out against the government, quote banned books in certain countries, or spark a revolution/protest (like it has done in the past).

Twitter has been used to communicate internationally the truths about countries- things we might not know otherwise.  However, this could come to a screeching halt with twitters new policy.

Quoted from the New York Times article, Twitter said in a blog post, “As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression.”

This is a sad day in the world if Twitter truly implements this policy. Freedom of expression is freedom of expression- and twitter has been the epitome of that for years by allowing people from countries who have strict freedom of expression laws express their grievances, speak out against the government and advocate for change.  If Twitter follows each country’s freedom of expression ideals, then this will disappear. It will no longer be a forum of change, progress and liberty, but only an extension of that country’s ideologies.

If this truly happens, then where will people turn?

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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