But relying on the likes of Google or Facebook to help keep you safe is plain naive.
Apparently Twitter feels the same way about it and is saying as much. Once again from gHacks
In other Twitter news the company behind the hugely successful micro-blogging site has today announced that they have developed a way to selectively censor tweets on a country by country basis. In it’s blog they said they could now “reactively withhold content from users in a specific country”.
It is curious as to why Twitter, a company that has always encouraged free speech, would make such a move. Social networks were used extensively in the uprisings in Egypt and the middle-east last spring, and were widely hailed for helping protestors galvanise such huge crowds of support.
Having the ability to censor specific types of tweet in individual countries could potentially prevent this type of thing from ever occurring again.
As justification the company said “that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression” going on to cite France and Germany for banning pro-Nazi speech.
Gee, isn't that wonderful? Even if it is a pretty obvious dodge attempting to invoke that old 'banning pro-Nazi speech' bromide as part of your justification.
And which, if you think about it, is a rather silly argument...
Unless, of course, Twitter's management refuses to see the fallacy of mentally equating blatant hate speech
with public demands for reform of government corruption, and its cessation of vindictive and brutal oppression against those who ask for it.
Hmm...I was just thinking...
But never mind.
If someone can't see the moral and logical problem with arguing something like Twitter is arguing - and using that as their excuses - well...they're beyond hope and not worth the bother.
I'd have had a lot more respect for them if they just came out and said: Look. We're looking for market domination. And we'll do whatever we have to do - and go along with whatever we have to go along with
- to get where we want to be.
But public candor is an increasingly rare commodity these days.
About only place you do find candor any more is in
Funny how the pro-Nazi crowd can find it in themselves to show more backbone than companies like Twitter.