Update: Twitter’s new policy is prompting a protest by its users

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.


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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