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Twitter Silence
Written by Supna Zaidi
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Given micro-blogging site Twitter’s global reach, many free speech advocates were a little unnerved this week as the company announced that some tweets may be censored out of respect to local laws within a given nation.

Other reporters were less surprised at Twitter’s announcement since it came after billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's estimated $300 million investment into the company last month. Twitter, known for its role in the Arab uprisings and the 2009 Green Movement in Iran, has had noticeably less influence in Saudi Arabia (SA) itself. SA has much stronger censorship filters across its media, including the Internet and now, evidently, Twitter. But citizens of Muslim-majority countries are far from the only victims of this censorship:

Apparently not really interested in censoring any tweeter, Twitter has an easy workaround of its own censorship policy: Change your country location on your account.

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