This week, Twitter announced that it would block certain messages upon request in countries where they are deemed illegal. The new policy has sparked outrage among many users, who argue that it will cripple a vital outlet for free speech in countries with autocratic regimes. Twitter and other social media platforms played a crucial role in the uprisings of the Arab spring. On the other hand, Twitter users may be able to circumvent the controls by manually setting their location as “worldwide.” Twitter, along other social media platforms, played a crucial role in the uprisings of the Arab spring, but it remains to be seen whether the new policy will allow Twitter to continue its revolutionary role.
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