Twitter is taking its first step towards censorship.
Chief Executive Dick Costolo who was speaking to the Financial Times, described his frustration in tackling the problem of horrifying abuse. Irresponsible twitter-users apparently find the site ideal for expressing all kinds of extremist, racist and sexist opinions.
To stop the hate speech anarchy, Twitter is considering starting off by blocking the very possibility of replies from so-called non-authoritative users, marked out by the absence of a profile picture, followers or bio information, as FT.com reports. This is the first step, but there might be more to come.
However, the company’s management is concerned that by installing any kinds of selective measures, they may put an end to the unique Twitter-style freedom of tweets that has helped Arab revolutions.
The reason we want to allow pseudonyms is there are lots of places in the world where it’s the only way you’d be able to speak freely, FT quotes Dick Costolo as saying. Twitter is basically the last harbor of anonymity, as it does not have to be linked with such powerful database platforms as Facebook and Google. Silencing trolls may hit thoserevolutionary users as well.