Ok, so I have been on Google+ this morning and everyone seems to be all abuzz about Twitter and their new “censorship” policy and I feel as a good political blogger and tweeter myself I should comment. Twitter has become an institution, everyone has a Twitter account, and only 30% use them regularly. We saw Twitter moralize people in Egypt and Iran during political struggles last year, so how could Twitter do this to its users. It’s easy, it’s all about the Benjamins. Twitter is a business, and as a business when China says that either the country should have the power to delete Tweets or your service will be blocked, then Twitter has a choice. Twitter can be all high-minded and say “No” to China, or realize that there are over A BILLION people in China, and that having their site blocked there would not make good business sense. https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169222
Now Twitter did something very specific with this issue, and I give them credit. Twitter only blocks the tweets in the specific country that has deemed that tweet illegal, and users are able to change which country their account is set in. https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169220 As an example if China doesn’t like your tweet about the government then that tweet is only blocked from people who are in China, now your friend will see that tweet as grayed out and know that you tweeted something that China doesn’t like. You can change your country in your account settings. It is that simple. I am surprised that a million users from “China” won’t just change their country settings. I’m sure eventually the government in China will figure this loophole out, but until that day comes, that’s all you do to get around Twitter’s censorship.
Now I do agree what Twitter is doing is censorship and as an American I detest censorship, but I do believe that Twitter has done what they can to allow for freedom of speech and to give its users the ability to tweet.