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.
Thread beginning with comment 452261
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Twitter does a lot of censoring...
by hugh on Mon 6th Dec 2010 01:09 UTC
hugh
Member since:
2010-10-20

They censored flotilla, I'm pretty sure they censor for celebrities too, and during the live tweeting of the Prop 8 trial, they took a couple of the accounts of those defending Prop 8 in court off the public timeline.

One reason they get away with a lot of censoring is because their search is so terrible.

Edited 2010-12-06 01:11 UTC

Reply Score: 2