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:
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?