Twitter Launches User Censorship After 300 Million Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Investment, Global Uproar Tweeted
Internet social giant Twitter has caused a furor to be unleashed worldwide after announcing that it would allow Tweets to be censored, by country.
After the last year in which citizens of nations (including a neow freed Egypt and Libya) used Twitter as part of their voice of revolution, it would seem the social giant would take its use as a historical tool of freedom with utmost humility and respect.
But one name has changed that for Twitter: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The billionaire Saud prince bought a $300 million dollar stake in Twitter only one month ago, and on the anniversary of that investment, Twitter announced it would allow and facilitate censorship on a global scale. This has sparked outrage.
The new practice by Twitter would allow censorship of Tweets as dictated by local laws, a potential violation of freedom of speech in many countries. Should an American company stick to the freedoms that its country stands for? In this global market, it would seem that way. But if for some odd reason, the voices of Sauds or perhaps Syria are strangled in the next few months, it would seem a little blue bird might oddly be applying the stranglehold.