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Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Freedom of expression, Internet |

Twitter closes an account for the first time in one country

Twitter closes an account for the first time in one country

Twitter has been used for the first time the blockade “country by country” from there, it does restrict access to an account at the request of the neo-Nazi German authorities. A sock that has been discovered by the Financial Times through the tweets of CEO Alex Macgillivray platform.

In both posts Macgillivray confirms both the request for closure of account the fact that had acted on it:

Announced last January our ability to block content. We first used this ability against a group considered illegal in Germany.

As has been told, the account belong to the group Besseres Hannover (@ hannoverticker), which is visible outside Germany. Twitter received a request to close the right-wing group last month, a request that came from the Hannover police acting on behalf of the Ministry of Interior in Germany. The letter issued to Twitter read:

Besseres Hannover is dissolved, its assets have been seized and all your social media accounts should be closed immediately. The ministry has opened an investigation on suspicion of belonging to a criminal association.

As mentioned, though closed in Germany, Twitter users outside the country can see the contents of the group’s account banned. A compromise measure and Twitter announced in January by which each country’s policies come into play to try to deal between and be able to operate their service without violating the laws in all countries where uses. Some terms that were announced by Twitter:

As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.

Until now, the only way to take into account the limits of these countries was to remove content globally. Starting today, give us the ability to retain the content of reactively users in a specific country, while keeping available worldwide. It has also built a way to communicate transparently to / with users when content is withheld and why.

Ten months later we have the first confirmation of this understanding and commitment.

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