Thursday, January 5, 2012

#Twitter #Censorship : Will Twitter Continue To Stand Up For It's Users Rights ?

You may not like its latest redesign, but Twitter deserves praise for how it stands up for its users’ rights. In the face of legal pressure last year, Twitter fought for user privacy. This year, its new challenge will be censorship—and a repeat performance would be welcome.

Last January, as part of a grand jury probe into the Cablegate affair, the Department of Justice obtained a court order that directed Twitter to turn over information about the accounts of activists with ties to WikiLeaks, including private messages. The original order required Twitter to keep secret the fact that it was handing over private information, but the company fought back and won a motion to lift the gag order. While it’s likely that other social networks received the same request, Twitter was the only company to challenge the secret more