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On Thursday, Twitter has announced that it will start restricting certain tweets in selective countries thereby marking a shift in the policy of the social media. The company has decided to do this in order to be safe when it enters the various countries that have varying ideas regarding the contours of expressing the free speech.
These restrictions will not common to all the countries as some will differ from their ideas and so they cannot coexist. Twitter has given some examples like the restrictions in Germany and France that ban the pro-Nazi content and that it can cooperate with these type of content.
A spokeswoman of Twitter explained that the company can withhold the user content in some countries while making it available in the others across the world. The social network's decision to censor the content actually represents a major departure from the policy that was made last year when the anti-government protestors in countries like Arab, Egypt and Tunisia made mass demonstrations with the network.
During the revolution, Twitter said that it will remove its hands from the approach to censor the web content. The company assured that it will not remove the tweets based on the content. But on Thursday, the network has announced that it has recently built a new system that will inform the users that their tweet is blocked if one happens.
This move of the network has come in the time when the internet firms like Facebook and Google are fighting with the governments regarding the speech as well as privacy issues online.