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Twitter users irk over its censorship policy

New Delhi, Sat, 28 Jan 2012 NI Wire

Millions of Twitter users have expressed their agitation over the announcement of US based micro-blogging website 'Twitter' which has stated to implement new technology that would censor the message on a country-by-country basis in order to follow a range of laws around the world.

Protesting to Twitter's announcement, many users have tweeted to boycott the service on Saturday. They have argued that Twitter was not going to censor the tweets but the freedom of expression of the people.

Twitter has become extremely popular in celebrities, media houses, politicians and all those who want to make quick update or monitor latest updates, as twitter allows you to text your words in just 140 characters.

The announcement of Twitter came a day after the announcement of internet giant Google Inc. that had announced on Wednesday to unify its privacy policy for its 60 services.

With this continuous change in private policy has created a new controversy in the world.

Twitter is facing flak across the globe for its decision to censoring the tweets according the laws of the country.

Twitter on Thursday has announced on its blog to use new technology, which it has not used so far to remove the tweets that would breech the law of the country and where freedom of expression is restricted.

Twitter however did not give the reason for the change but only stated that as it grows internationally, it is entering countries that have different ideas about the limits of freedom of expression.

It said the laws are such that it cannot exist in some countries at all, while other nations have similar laws to the U.S. but restrictions on certain topics.

It gave the examples of Middle East countries where freedom of expression is restricted. It also gave the example of France and Germany, where pro-Nazi speech is banned.

Twitter does not operate in some countries that strictly control media content, such as China.

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