“Twitter” We all must be very very familiar with this term. It is among the most popular social networking sites. “Twitter” an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of upto 140 characters, which we know as “tweets” . The service , which was launced in March 2006, rapidly gained worldwide popularity , with over 300 million users(according to the data recorded by 2011). It generated over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. As we all know Twitter has been decribed as “The SMS of the internet”. There are numerous tools for adding ,monitering content and conversations including Twitvid.
Twitter has announced that it has now the ability to cencor content in specific countries, leading critics to fear it. This may result in increased collusion with governments looking to stop opposition group- like those behind Russia’s recent election fraud protests- from using the site as an oraganising tool.
By cencorship it will now be able to control and suppress the publishing of, or access to information on Twitter. This will vary on a country-to-country basis.
The new capability announced on Twitter’s blog on Thursday, allows the company to cencor content on a country-to-country basis while it will be leaving offending posts visible to users in other countries. Previously, Twitter was only able to remove content world-wide and not on country-to-country basis.
The company wrote on its blogspot”As we continue to grow intentionally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression”. This can be though as a sparking speculation that it is preparing to launch in China, where it has been banned since June 2009.
Yes, Twitter will now support Chinese language in the upcoming weeks, according to research report published on September 12,2011. Though it’s not clear how will that help Chinese users as Twitter hopes to capture the hearts and minds of Chinese Language users of microblogging platform.
When Twitter announced its cencorship it led to a wave of criticism across the internet, with many human rights defenders who are denouncing it as a devil’s bargain with repressive governments that would undermine Twitter’s commitment to free speech in an effort to open new markets.
Twitter wrote in its blog “We keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content”.
Among all these things , the one thing is that activists use the service to gauge public opinion , and solicit aid for many activists. Many bloggers had mixed reviews about Twitter’s cencorship laws-Some were optimistic about this cencorship and others were less optimistic ….