Twitter Blackout: Twitter users not to tweet on Saturday, January 28 to protest Twitter censorship

By on Jan 28, 2012 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

A huge number of Twitter users plan to launch a Twitter Blackout on Saturday, January 28, 2012, as a protest to the earlier announcement by Twitter that it would censor tweets on a country-by-country basis.

Twitter Blackout symbol
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As noted at technology news sites on Friday, various tweets in different languages with hashtag #TwitterBlackout are being sent and is currently trending, calling fellow users to boycott the microblogging service this Saturday.

As announced by Twitter on its official blog on Thursday, they now have plans to delete a tweet on a country-by-country basis, when a government marks the tweets as inappropriate, but noted that they will be transparent during its process.

“Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world.” A statement reads on Twitter blog.

“We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld.” Twitter added, noting that it has expanded their partnership with Chilling Effects with regards to finding notices related to them.

Meanwhile, Twitter updated their post by adding some related Q&A which includes why they now decided to impose censorship on tweets and how they will do it.

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