As an advocate of free speech, Twitter has held fast to its policy of minimal moderation and censorship, until now. A French civil court has ordered Twitter to reveal the identity of a number of users accused of posting anti-Semitic content as well as requiring it to have mechanism that would allow it to censor illicit or racist comments and hash tags.
Government Oppression of the Day:
Yesterday, we reported that the Iranian government is planning to wall-off much of the country’s online access with a major censorship effort they are dubbing, “Halal Internet.”
Infographics: Internet Censorship is Rampant Around the World:
Egypt’s Internet may be back on, but that country’s weeklong web blackout was a wake-up call to the rest of the world about just how fragile the intertubes really are. Ars Technica has a detailed technical breakdown of how Internet “kill switches” work— in Egypt’s case, it was basically just a matter of cracking down on the country’s four major ISPs — but for an at-a-glance visual distillation of the who/what/why of web censorship, it’s hard to beat this sobering set of infographics.