7 Yrs L8r

Mar 21 2013 @ 7:10pm

On the seventh anniversary of the first tweet, Laura Sydell assesses Twitter’s commitment to free speech:

The French court ordered Twitter to block the anti-Semitic tweets, and Twitter complied, says CEO Costolo. “We have to abide by the laws in the countries in which we operate,” he says. “So the capability we built allows us to block those tweets from being seen in the countries in which they’re against the law, while remaining visible to those outside that country.”

Costolo says though people won’t see the tweets in France, Twitter’s software will let them know the accounts are being censored. But the French court also asked Twitter to turn over the names of the people who sent out the hate tweets. Twitter refused. Pontin of MIT Technology Review says he thinks Twitter’s compromise is full of contradictions.

“To their credit, they’re not giving up names and that’s great,” Pontin says. “But they’re no longer compliant with their own little internal rule, which is that they will be locally compliant with law. So they’ve said, ‘We’ll be compliant with this part of the laws.’ “

Meanwhile, Buzzfeed discovered that the promotional video seen above is “absolutely terrifying if you set it to the “Inception” theme.”