Twitter has clarify details around the company’s new censorship policy. The move, which has already been praised by Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times, caused controversy amongst users who accused the microblogging site of caving into censorship. While some have speculated that the introduction could be a play to move into China market, where the service is currently blocked, Dick Costolo, the CEO of twitter has denied the theory …
The Chinese government enforces strict censorship on any Internet companies in the country, including deleting messages, removing popular topics and an upcoming real name verification policy, all of which the CEO says is not going to work for Twitter. Costolo don’t think the current environment in China is one in which the company could operate. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has spoken of his frustration at not being able to compete in China, which now has half a billion Internet users. Costolo’s words suggest that there is unlikely to be any progress on that front.
China already has their own social media space. Both Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, the nearest thing to Twitter, boast more than 250 million registered members each, while twitter still remains blocked in the country. An interesting animation news from the famous Taiwan Next Media Animation could provide a more clearer picture on Twitter’s new censorship policy. Watch it.
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