And the implications of the new Twitter policy begins…

According to BBC News, Twitter is being sued by Brazil, who is demanding that Twitter remove any accounts in the country that warn drivers of roadblocks and speed traps.

Authorities want these accounts to be removed because they feel it is undermining their efforts to curb drinking and driving in the country.

The lawsuit claims that accounts like @LeiSecaRJ and @LeiSecaRJ violate traffic and criminal laws because they provide information to drivers. The lawsuit was filed by “Attorney General of the Union (AGU), Luis Inacio Lucena Adams, to a federal court in the state of Goias,” according to the article.

I understand why the government wants Twitter to block accounts that displays this type of information, after all it is undermining their efforts to curb drinking under the influence. However, I am a firm believer in freedom of speech and I believe that users should be able to use Twitter for exactly that reason. Twitter has been used to tell the truth, start revolutions, expose controversies/secrets/corruption etc, and Twitter implementing this policy goes against what, I thought, Twitter stood for.

What is happening in Brazil is only the beginning. There will be more cases just like this one.


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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One Response to And the implications of the new Twitter policy begins…

  1. Pingback: Brazil requests censor comments on Twitter « It dont Matter!

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