In Januray, Twitter warned here, Tweets still must flow, that they were going to remove messages –“we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country”. As usually, censorship in the name of holy copyright.
|from cgnauta blog|
Ok, they have kept their threat, and three days ago they published their work in numbers in this post, Twitter Transparency Report: 5.275 messages were removed by Twitter in the first half of 2012, affecting 5.874 users. This is, they say, a 38% of the requests they received, so 14.000 requests from governments and cultural industry.
Also they give information about ‘user information requests’. The champion of censorship/spionage is, as most of people might guess, United States of America, with 679 requests from government. Second position for Japan, with 98. Rest of governments have got a low activity, Canada and United Kingdom 11 requests each one, and the rest of countries just <10.
Another “good” new that they give in that post, “We’ve received more government requests in the first half of 2012, as outlined in this initial dataset, than in the entirety of 2011”. So, our governments are more vigilant each day. It’s good to know.
- Tweet takedown: Visualising censorship bids (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Governments Get Snoopier and Bossier With Twitter (reason.com)