January 27, 2012
Twitter has announced that it now has the technology to selectively block tweets on a country by country basis.
In its blog, Twitter said it could “reactively withhold content from users in a specific country”.
But it said the removed content would be available to the rest of the world. Previously when Twitter deleted a tweet, it would disappear worldwide.
The decision has been criticised by the freedom of information advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.
The move comes at a time when Twitter is in the process of expanding its global business.
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