Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 6th Dec 2010 00:24 UTC
Legal I'm (was?) a Twitter user. This past week I found it utterly weird that none of the words #wikileaks, #cablegate, #cables, #Assange were actually "trending". I even tweeted about this 5 days ago. Today, my fears of secret censorship seem to be coming true. It appears that Twitter is censoring all these words, so they don't appear in the (much-used) Twitter "trends" list. Update 1: A Twitter staffer replied to the blog post saying that their trending algorithm doesn't always result to the most popular terms. Update 2: More investigation about what might be going on.
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by boldingd on Mon 6th Dec 2010 02:50 UTC in reply to "RE: FAIL"
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Precisely true. It's perfectly and completely legal for twitter to do this - and frankly, it's not particularly surprising, either. The real news point here may be how willfully blind people have been to the real nature of "the web 2.0," and how much power they've given over to the entities that run these social networking sites, that it's actually surprising that twitter has both the ability and desire to do this.

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