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For the first time ever, Twitter censored a controversial account at the request of local government earlier this week. It was run by neo-Nazis. The ban, which is the first of its kind under a relatively new Twitter policy that gives the company "the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country -- while keeping it available in the rest of the world." As such, the ban is only effective in Germany. The rest of the world is free to follow the bigots.
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So sad.

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(I rephrased this a little bit because I think my original wording was being misinterpreted. I do not agree with government censorship, but if twitter wants to ban something from their site than that's their choice.)

Neo-Nazi's and similar groups should be using different sites. These guys have outrageous beliefs and kill/torture people just because of their race. There are videos of what they do online, it's stuff that humans should not be capable of doing to other humans.

If I was in charge of twitter, i'd ban them from the site completely, not just one country. I'm also extremely anti-censorship, but there is a line.
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So sad.

Why? You want to follow racists and murders on twitter or let them promote this stuff? This is a very extreme case. There's a line where censoring becomes a good thing. Beliefs like this can get out of hand and terrible things can happen.
Edited by Murlocke - 10/18/12 at 11:13pm
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Not sure this has anything to do with "Tech or Science" I'm glad they did it though.
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Neo-Nazi's and similar groups should be banned from sites like that. These guys have outrageous beliefs and kill/torture people just because of their race. There are videos of what they do online, it's stuff that humans should not be capable of doing to other humans.
If I was in charge of twitter, i'd ban them from the site completely, not just one country. I'm also extremely anti-censorship, but there is a line.
Why? You want to follow racists and murders on twitter or let them promote this stuff? This is a very extreme case. There's a line where censoring becomes a good thing. Beliefs like this can get out of hand and terrible things can happen (hello, WW2..).

My comment was towards  neo-nazi's. Not the ban.

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My comment was towards  neo-nazi's. Not the ban.

Ah, alright. thumb.gif
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Although general i oppose most censorship.

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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post

Neo-Nazi's and similar groups should be banned from sites like that. These guys have outrageous beliefs and kill/torture people just because of their race. There are videos of what they do online, it's stuff that humans should not be capable of doing to other humans.
If I was in charge of twitter, i'd ban them from the site completely, not just one country. I'm also extremely anti-censorship, but there is a line.
Why? You want to follow racists and murders on twitter or let them promote this stuff? This is a very extreme case. There's a line where censoring becomes a good thing. Beliefs like this can get out of hand and terrible things can happen (hello, WW2..).

The actions that Twitter took are to follow the law in Germany, which I understand why they did it, but even if these people are spouting nothing but hateful and terrible things, they deserve just the same rights of free speech as the New Black Panther Party does and they are saying that white children need to be killed to get their message across. I don't like their ideals but I will not let people be censored for having views that are "distasteful" but don't think I would accept their actions of cruelty while idly sitting by. The murders and assaults should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law but the moment you begin censoring speech, the next subject that is deemed distasteful will be on the block and it could be your religion, political views, sexual preference or any number of things.
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The actions that Twitter took are to follow the law in Germany, which I understand why they did it, but even if these people are spouting nothing but hateful and terrible things, they deserve just the same rights of free speech as the New Black Panther Party does and they are saying that white children need to be killed to get their message across. I don't like their ideals but I will not let people be censored for having views that are "distasteful" but don't think I would accept their actions of cruelty while idly sitting by. The murders and assaults should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law but the moment you begin censoring speech, the next subject that is deemed distasteful will be on the block and it could be your religion, political views, sexual preference or any number of things.


Pretty much my views on the matter. Its a shame such individuals exist.

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The murders and assaults should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law but the moment you begin censoring speech, the next subject that is deemed distasteful will be on the block and it could be your religion, political views, sexual preference or any number of things.

Well said.  The only way to protect freedom of speech is to defend it without exception.  If we start limiting it based on what we think is decent and acceptable, it no longer really exists.

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