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Twitter to Censor Tweets by Individual Countries

Yesterday, Twitter announced that the micro blogging site will withhold tweeter posts from a country if they violate any local restrictions rather than globally blocking them. Till now, twitter had to remove the supposedly objectionable content entirely from this popular website in order to operate in such countries.

In a blog post Twitter stated, "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", the post further read.

The microblogging website has also developed a way to transparently communicate with its users about what all contents have been withheld and why they have been withheld.

After receiving regular request to delete content from various content owners, Twitter has decided to follow Google and Yahoo's footsteps. Google, in the year 2006 introduced a censored version of their web search website specific to China and in 2001 Yahoo blocked sales of Nazi-and Ku Klax Klan related memorabilia.