Reporters without Borders has posted an open letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey about their recent decision to implement regional censorship based on complaints.
RWB said in the note:
We urge you to reverse this decision, which restricts freedom of expression and runs counter to the movements opposed to censorship that have been linked to the Arab Spring, in which Twitter served as a sounding board. By finally choosing to align itself with the censors, Twitter is depriving cyberdissidents in repressive countries of a crucial tool for information and organization.
We are very disturbed by this decision, which is nothing other than local level censorship carried out in cooperation with local authorities and in accordance with local legislation, which often violates international free speech standards. Twitter’s position that freedom of expression is interpreted differently from country to country is inacceptable. This fundamental principle is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It is a very well-known fact that Twitter has been one of the key tools used by the common people to protest against anything and everything. It has been used for protests against dictatorships and we recently saw how people used Twitter to protest against the SOPA legislation.
By opening declaring support for censorship to meet local laws and regulations, Twitter is just asking for more complaints from companies and law authorities around the world. It is going to become very messy for them and their users.
Twitter is already seeing major protests by their users on their network itself.