Many defenders of Twitter’s recent announcement have jumped on board without the facts, just as quickly accusing naysayers of being ‘misguided’, even citing the move as ‘good for activists’. Most arguments rely too heavily on trusting the company to share censorship requests on Chilling Effects, and fail to discuss its lack of complete transparency about the details of their new (?) practices, or the slippery slope it presents.
Questioning censorship practices is important and necessary, as has been echoed across the world. The news is troubling to say the least.
Reporters Without Borders wrote a “Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey Urging Him Not to Cooperate with Censors” asking many important questions of the company. But it was Mathew Ingram of GigaOm who said it best:
How much should we trust our new information overlords?