Monday, January 30, 2012

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia wants Twitter banned; Saudi Prince Alwaleed invests 300M in Twitter

I don't think everyone is on the same page here.  The grand Mufti condemns Twitter as being full of lies while the Prince thinks it's good enough to invest in.

And down the rabbit hole we go...

From The Jerusalem Post January 29

Saudi grand mufti: Twitter is full of lies

The Saudi grand mufti on Friday called social-networking website Twitter full of lies, a day after the site announced that it would begin restricting Tweets in specific countries.
The news from the social media platform is renewing questions over how it will handle issues of free speech as it rapidly expands its global user base.
Until now, Twitter had to remove a tweet from its global network if it received a takedown request from a government.
But the company said in a blog post published on Thursday that it now has the ability to selectively block a Tweet from appearing to users in one country.
“Starting today, 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,” the Twitter blog said.
Twitter gave as examples of restrictions it might cooperate with, such as pro-Nazi content in France and Germany, where it is banned. It said that even with the possibility of such restrictions, Twitter would not be able to operate with some countries.
“Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there,” it said.
“As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression.”
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