Twitter can now block tweets by country

London: Micro-blogging website Twitter
has announced that it now has the technology to selectively block tweets
on a country-by-country basis.


In its blog, Twitter — which had
more than 100 million users till September 2011 — said it could
“reactively withhold content from users in a specific country”. But the
removed content would be available to the rest of the world, BBC
reported.


Earlier, when Twitter removed a tweet, it would disappear worldwide.

In
the blog post titled “Tweets Must Flow”, Twitter said that its
worldwide growth meant entering countries “that have different ideas
about the contours of freedom of expression”.


France and Germany ban pro-Nazi content, the BBC report said.

“Starting
today (Friday), we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold
content from users in a specific country – while keeping it available in
the rest of the world,” the company said.


“We haven’t yet used
this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a tweet in a
specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will
clearly mark when the content has been withheld,” it said.


Twitter
also acknowledged it would not be able to operate in all countries.
“Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist
there,” it said.


The website is blocked in China, where a local alternative called Weibo has become very popular.

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