January 27, 2012, 11:02 AM —
Censors, rejoice. Truth, at least via Twitter, can be blocked at your border.
In the past, Twitter could only block offending tweets globally, by erasing them from the Twitter-verse completely. As the company expands internationally, they now have the technology to block tweets country by country.
Twitter tries to put a non-dictatorial spin on the new "feature" by citing France and Germany, both of which ban "pro-Nazi content." It also pledges to work with Chilling Effects to monitor censorship. This should help provide transparency after the fact when a post has been ordered deleted.
We have Sopa, Pipa, MegaUpload and now Twitter’s appalling self interest decision. Depressing.
Madamm Geeky on gigaom.com
Can't help but wonder if this decision was influenced in some way by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's $300M investment. Way to sell your soul, Twitter :-/
Charles Randall on techcrunch.com
Cost of business
Alas, Twitter cannot sell advertising and collect revenues in foreign countries without agreeing to local censorship laws. At least they are open about it.
Rodolfo Rosini on gigaom.com
From what I can tell, Twitter has the best policies out of the major social networks.