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.