Twitter Censors Neo-Nazis in Germany, Tweets Viewable Elsewhere

Twitter has blocked access to a neo-Nazi account to users in Germany, but it continues to be viewable to web users around the world.This is the first time that Twitter has exercised its ability to block content on a country-by-country basis, a feature which it announced in January.

via Twitter Censors Neo-Nazis in Germany, Tweets Viewable Elsewhere.

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3 thoughts on “Twitter Censors Neo-Nazis in Germany, Tweets Viewable Elsewhere

  1. This reminds me of the article we read in class by WUGoldsmith and how Yahoo was forced to block Nazi propaganda from being sold in France. Did Twitter do this under their own discretion or they also forced by Germany to block this account? I think this also puts the question of free speech out there and if it applies to just the U.S. Does this mean that may start blocking things in the U.S. and infringe on our rights to free speech? Also this makes me question why Twitter just started this year to blocking things in country to country basis. Was there pressure from different governments to enable this feature?

  2. This is an interesting situation, and as noted above seems similar to the articles we read on Yahoo censoring nazi propaganda. To me, this is a surprising move by Twitter since it is an American company, and there are no such censorship laws on tweets similar to those. Part of the strength and popularity of social media is the free speech given by the U.S. constitution. From a business standpoint I could see Twitter following these censorship’s in Germany if they are being pressured by their government, however, as an American website I feel like the can display whatever information they decide, it is their right and it is a users responsibility, in my opinion, to understand what they are viewing.

  3. I think in the scope of utilitarianism ethics, censorship is never an effective method of getting the results you want. Germany wants to be a democratic country, then they need to put up with certain downsides, such as speech that you don’t agree with.

    If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. Which is why even the non neo-nazi’s should be fighting this. Instead of censoring them, why don’t they fight them within the rules and point out the flaws in this type of fear driven thinking.

    Here is an applicable quote for this type of situation.

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

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