The policy change means Twitter will be able to respond to the legal challenges of individual governments on a country-by-country basis.
The policy change means Twitter will be able to respond to the legal challenges of individual governments on a country-by-country basis. Warren Lynam

Twitter succumbs to foreign censors

SOCIAL networking site Twitter will restrict its content in certain countries in an effort to solidify its international growth.

"As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression," Twitter wrote in a blog post.

The policy change means Twitter will be able to respond to the legal challenges of individual governments on a country-by-country basis.

"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. "

In the blog post, Twitter gave France and Germany as examples of countries where content may be restricted as both countries have laws against public promotion of Nazi ideology and history.

In cases like those, Twitter would be able to block the content in those countries but still have it available for the rest of the world.


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