Freedom of Tweets?

We recently blogged about freedom of speech after a video containing offensive messages led to global riots. Emerging threats to freedom of speech on the internet – including draconian laws, surveillance and attacks against bloggers – are expounded upon in a recently released report titled “Freedom on the Net 2012: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media.”

Global pressure has also caused many social media sites to curb their policies. This week, Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray tweeted “We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We’re using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany.” Twitter users in Germany are now blocked from accessing the account of a neo-Nazi group banned by the German government. This move has been perceived as a reversal of Twitter’s previously stated beliefs on free expression.

Should social media sites honor the laws of certain countries limiting freedom of speech, or stand their ground? Let us know what you think by adding your comment below.

                                                                                                                                                                                Julia Krieger

Project Specialist

Campaign Consultation, Inc.

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Julia Krieger

I have extensive experience coordinating communications and outreach initiatives focused on health and social issues. In my current position as Project Specialist, I provide communications technical assistance to regional and federal efforts within the National Partnership for Action initiative, with support from the Office of Minority Health. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who worked on health and social affairs projects in the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more.

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