A blog post from Twitter published yesterday has fired up the censorship debate again. Right now, all over the internet people are discussing this, and the discussion doesn’t exactly show Twitter in a favorable light.
Reading other people’s comments on the subject and posting my own made me realize I have to write something on this other than just comments and replies.
For those of you who haven’t read the said post, here’s a little clarification of the issue at hand:
According to Twitter’s own announcement, the only change is in the addition of the technical means to block certain content only in certain countries, where said content would be illegal.
They give an example from Germany and France, explaining how pro-Nazi content is illegal in both countries.
Blocking content only for users in the country where it’s illegal is certainly an improvement over blocking it for everybody.
So, it’s not really a change in their policies.
Still, the heat of the debate is undeniable, and in light of other recent threats to a free and open internet it is also understandable.
However, I think an analysis is in order of where we stand today when it comes to Read more…