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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FAIL
by Zifre on Mon 6th Dec 2010 00:55 UTC
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

What the heck? What makes a corporation think that they can censor content based on their own political agenda? It's not like the US government told them to do this (in which case I would be more understanding).

I don't use Twitter, but this pretty much removes all possibility of that ever happening, and I will advise everyone I know not to use it either.

Thanks Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/lglheq

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RE: FAIL
by Delgarde on Mon 6th Dec 2010 01:39 in reply to "FAIL"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

What makes a corporation think that they can censor content based on their own political agenda?


Because they can? You can argue moral grounds and freedom of speech all you like, but ultimately, it's their servers hosting it, and their rules.

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RE[2]: FAIL
by boldingd on Mon 6th Dec 2010 02:50 in reply to "RE: FAIL"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

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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