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January 27, 2012

Twitter can now block tweets on country basis!

One of the topmost micro-blogging website "Twitter" has announced that it now has the technology to selectively block tweets on a country-by-country basis.
According to BBC reports, Twitter - which had more than 100 million users till September 2011 said in it's blog that it could reactively withhold content from users in a specific country. But the removed content would be available to the rest of the world.

Earlier , when Twitter removed a tweet, it would disappear worldwide! In the blog post titled "Tweets Still Must Flow", Twitter said that it's worldwide growth meant entering countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. The BBC report said that France & Germany ban pro-Nazi content. 

The company said, "Starting today (Friday), we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country - while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We haven't yet used this ability, but if & when we are required to withhold a tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, & will clearly mark the content has been withheld." 

Twitter also acknowledged it would not be able to operate in all countries. It said, "Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there." The website is blocked in China, where a local alternative called Weibo has become very popular. 


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