Friday Night Open Thread
Newt Gingrich's poll numbers drop.
Do we really need to hear the 911 Demi Moore call? Why are they even public records when no crime is involved? How many people are less likely to call for help if they know their call will be spread over the internet by the local fire or sheriff's dept?
Yesterday it was Google, the day before Facebook and today it's Twitter on the hot seat. Seems Twitter is going to start censoring tweets in countries that ban publishing on certain topics when they receive a takedown request. Examples: France and Germany restrict pro-Nazi content. [More...]
Reporters Without Borders, a group that supports free speech and journalists worldwide, also urged Twitter to reverse its decision. "By finally choosing to align itself with the censors, Twitter is depriving cyberdissidents in repressive countries of a crucial tool for information and organization," wrote Olivier Basille, the group's director. "Are you going to block tweets about the demands of Turkey's Kurdish minority? Will Russian Internet users see their criticisms of the government censored?" he asked.
There are now more than 100 million twitter accounts, only 30% are in the U.S.
I hope they don't stop the #Anonymous tweets. If they need to ban someone, make it Kim Kardashian who yesterday spread a false rumor about Cher's demise to her 12 million followers. There should be a penalty for that. Like no tweeting for six months.
This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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