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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Does this actually surprise anyone?
by mrhasbean on Mon 6th Dec 2010 01:28 UTC
mrhasbean
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2006-04-03

That's a serious question btw. I'm actually surprised that this surprises people. Does anyone really think these organisations haven't been or can't be "got to" by the US or any other Govt. that wants to silence information they don't want us, the plebs, to have? Does anyone actually believe the govt. of their respective countries doesn't silence the popular press - or worse feed it half truths or even outright lies disguised as the truth, on a daily basis?

Sadly for many years people who have been questioning the level of honesty and truth in governments and the popular press have been labelled "conspiracy theorists", and that tag has become the plague that nobody wants to catch - "oh I shouldn't make waves" - so silence ensues. The more silence there is, the more they know they can get away with.

There are very many things that most of us hold as "truths" that are nothing more than spin backed up by government or corporate funded (therefore self serving) "research". What Wikkileaks is doing threatens that web of lies and deceit on which our modern systems and societies are built, so the powers that be don't like it.

Hold on everyone, this is going to be a bumpy ride...

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