According to the Washington Post, some Twitter users say they will not use Twitter on Saturday in protest of Twitter’s new policy that allows tweets to be censored by nation.
The new policy allows Twitter to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis in order to stay in line with that country’s policy on freedom of expression.
Twitter users are worried that Twitter will no longer be a platform to spark social change or talk about grievances.
I agree. Twitter will no longer be a place where freedom of expression can flourish and where people are free from persecution for what they say. Instead, it will be just an extension of government policies, which, in some cases, will only hinder change.
Twitter users have every right to be angry. This space- the Internet- is supposed to be a place for us to be who we want and say what we want (within reason). While it used to be like that, recent rules and laws- like the new Twitter policy and the SOPA/PIPA bills- are challenging that and will have serious negative implications on our liberty to express how we feel.