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 darseex on Mon 6th Dec 2010 22:01 UTC
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2010-12-06

Can't help but notice that all the posts with anti-Wikileaks sentiments have been modded as trolls.

CENSORSHIP!!!!??


All kidding aside, every one of you that's whining about Twitter should know that you sound no less ridiculous. Twitter's a company. They exist to make money, and while they may have started with the goal of aiding people voice their opinions, cash is currently (and probably always was) the prime motivating factor.

Does that mean they don't want people to freely express themselves most of the time? Probably not, but when it goes against their vested interests or violates their company ethic, they have every right in the world to shut those voices out.

They pay for the servers, they do all the hosting, they spent all the time and effort making a popular and mostly functional service for tons of people to use. If you don't like the way they operate, you're more than free to rent a warehouse of servers for your very own microblogging client.

And to those who think they shouldn't have "double standards" on this issue, I would ask: Why not? They're living in and invested in America, so they have every reason in the world not to aid in an attack against the country, and in fact, to actively fight against it. Just like they would have that right to defend whatever other country protects their interests.

Why shouldn't the US get some special treatment from them? Why shouldn't they try to defend it? As much as the internet is an international entity, the fact is that being stationed and living in the US comes with benefits that one is not quick to relinquish merely for the perceived benefit of large numbers of entitlement-minded foreigners.

"What benefits," you ask? While I'd be one of the many that would argue that this is indeed no longer the land of the free, there still aren't a lot of places better for the business man to live (or the average person IMO, but that's probably a debate that I won't bother starting right now). How many US citizens - or citizens from any western nation, really - do you see beating down the doors to start a business in Beijing or Tehran? The US is where Twitter lives, and they have every reason to protect the country that protects them and has made it so comparatively easy to start, own and operate their business.

Personally, I don't have much of a beef with Wikileaks itself (they've done some stuff that I think is alright), though I do believe that Assange (sp?) is actively working towards the erosion of (perceived or otherwise) American exceptionalism, and is going about in any way he can.

To me, this does make him personally a legitimate enemy of the country, and since he's working through Wikileaks at the moment, that strikes me as good a reason as any for American businesses - or other parties/businesses that have a vested interest in American business, for whatever reason - to exercise their "god"-given right to do business with whomever they damn well please, even (or especially) if that list deliberately excludes Assange and people he works through.

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