Twitter to censor tweets in some countries
January 27th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

Twitter to censor tweets in some countries

Online social networking site Twitter said Thursday it will begin deleting users' tweets in countries that require it - but it will still keep those deleted tweets visible to the rest of the world.

The move is significant because, until now, the only way Twitter could comply with countries' limits was to remove the content globally.

Twitter said it will now delete tweets only "reactively" and on a case-by-case basis and will let the affected user know why the content is being withheld.

"We hold freedom of expression in high esteem and work hard not to remove Tweets," Twitter spokeswoman Jodi Olson wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

"And just to be clear, this is not a change in philosophy and there are still countries to which we will not go," she said.

As examples of countries where tweets may have to be restricted, Twitter mentioned Germany and France, which ban pro-Nazi content. Twitter will operate in those countries while censoring pro-Nazi tweets, for example.

But some countries are so restrictive with freedom of expression that Twitter can't exist there at all, the company said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bill Miller

    LET ISRAEL TAKE CARE OF ISRAEL! IF THEY DON'T THEY KNOW THEY WILL BE EXTERMINATED LIKE IN WORLD WAR II< BUT THIS TIME THERE WON"T BE A JEWISH PERSON ALIVE I BELIEVE ISRAEL WOULD KNOCK THE CRAP OUT OF IRAN AND ANYONE WHO TRIES TO MESS WITH THEM WHY? THEY HAVE A SECRET WEAPON THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON"T EVEN BELIEVE IN......GOD!

    February 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  2. aj

    germany thinks if it forgets about the nazi's they'll go away, that's false, they'll repeat the same mistake as soon as nato falls apart

    January 28, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • Bill Miller

      Yes, they think that they are the superior race and that this planet was created only for them! They better read the Good Book and get their facts right, God created this earth for Gentiles and Jewish alike and it has nothing to do with race, religion, or power. It depends on whether or not if you put your Faith in the Son of God and the Son of Man, the Messiah Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.

      February 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  3. Blanco 3

    Certain social rules need to be established to develop a positive standard of communication, no one wants to offend. others on global site. Some people can be culturally offensive and not realize it.So sensorship might be good!

    January 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  4. Bill Miller

    We are all in trouble with this technology we are always being watched and censored.

    January 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  5. mipolitic

    well with the economy the way it is , contracting out is the trend , even in the nsa i guess. after all the russian are taking the world to space , o and no more face off with countries that act and support terrorist , o and the usa hopes every else buys the f35 fighter as the usa backs out of deal. how is that missile defence shield going or are we getting the helments that the troops will turn in as they get the boot out the door.

    January 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  6. Nicola Weaver

    The censors never give up, and emerge out of every crack. Look at this new film, exposing horrific corruption in Australia:
    http://www.expendable.tv

    Try to find a single reference to it in the Australian media, online or offline. There is none.

    We have Sopa, Pipa, MegaUpload and now Twitter. Depressing.

    January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply

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