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Twitter to crack down on abusive tweets

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There go half the tweets ever tweeted. I won't mourn their passing, though.

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Yay more censorship. SMH

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Censorship is what governments do. And I'm against that. But if a private company you sign an agreement with to use their platform for your speech wants to limit it, there's nothing you can do about that other than go to a more open-style platform. That's why JT can delete your posts at will. It's nice they send us an email about it, but really, they don't even have to do that much. And any other platform you join as a result will probably eventually do the same thing. Well within their rights.

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freedom of speech has always had its liimts (try screaming fire in a crowded theater or saying you have a bomb in your suitcase). and i would gladly give up some of my freedom to remove hate-speech, threats and abuse wherever it is found.

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Wow! What will the few hundred people using it do now.

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People misuse the term 'Freedom of speech' all the time. Many people think it's the right to say whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. It's not. Freedom of speech is the freedom from getting prosecuted for what you say. A private webservice that deletes a users posts because they don't like what the user has said, is not infringing upon that user's freedom of speech, as the user is not being prosecuted, their posts are simply getting deleted. Deleted posts is censorship, it is not an infringement of freedom of speech.

And as nakanoguy has said, Freedom of Speech is usually not absolute, there are restrictions that go along with it.

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Lot of people saying a private company is within their rights to censor. This may be true right now, but when you have a service which has widespread usage like Twitter does in the US, then the ability if Twitter to remove posts it doesn't like becomes a danger to the ability for contrary views to be heard. As for saying you have a bomb, yeah I think essentially all governments will have you arrested. But it is certainly possible to imagine a society where even that is allowed. Modern fire safety regulations make the threat of people getting crushed in a panic a lot lower than it used to be.

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when you have a service which has widespread usage like Twitter does in the US, then the ability if Twitter to remove posts it doesn't like becomes a danger to the ability for contrary views to be heard.

So someone else can build a better mousetrap. If Twitter pisses off enough people by censoring posts, another service should be able to step in and replace them pretty easily. If they can't, then it just means people are ok with Twitter's decision.

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@Strangerland People are OK with a lot of things that aren't in their best interest. That is basically the principle around which state intervention in the economy is based.

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the ability if Twitter to remove posts it doesn't like becomes a danger to the ability for contrary views to be heard.

This isn't about "contrary views", it's about violent, abusive speech, which is rampant in certain segments of the Twitterverse.

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