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Google, Twitter – New Battlefields for State Control


When China restricts Google, it is censorship; when US controls Twitter, it is fight against terrorism.

When China restricts Google, it is censorship; when US controls Twitter, it is fight against terrorism.  | Cartoonist - Andy Singer, source & courtesy - Politicalcartoons.com  on 2/28/2006 12:00:00 AM  |  Click for larger source image.

When China restricts Google, it is censorship; when US controls Twitter, it is fight against terrorism. | Cartoonist - Andy Singer, source & courtesy - Politicalcartoons.com on 2/28/2006 12:00:00 AM | Click for larger source image.

Better propaganda

A few years ago, as the Chinese government pushed for oversight on Google, there were loud protests from Western media – and much noise and clamor over freedom, liberty, et al. We have now limited viewership on the US government trying to arm-wrestle Twitter into submission and compliance.

Pray, what is the difference between one-party dictatorship in China and two-party democracy in USA?

Is it better propaganda?

After London riots, there was a call for restrictions on Twitter and Facebook. The State will look for ways to dominate and control all aspects of individual life. |  Cartoonist - Mike Keefe, source & courtesy - caglecartoons.com on 8/11/2011 12:00:00 AM  |  Click for larger source image.

After London riots, there was a call for restrictions on Twitter and Facebook. The State will look for ways to dominate and control all aspects of individual life. | Cartoonist - Mike Keefe, source & courtesy - caglecartoons.com on 8/11/2011 12:00:00 AM | Click for larger source image.

U.S. officials told the New York Times that they’re “looking closely” at Shabab’s use of Twitter and their options for legal and other responses. Separately, Sen. Joe Lieberman (@JoeLieberman), Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, called on Twitter to shut down the Taliban’s accounts.

Other Western governments have also turned against Twitter. British Prime Minister David Cameron (@Number10gov), for example, raised the prospect of banning Twitter during social disturbances, following its use by rioters in the U.K., and Mexican prosecutors have accused Twitter users of terrorism for spreading false rumors that have led to real-life violence.

An Israeli legal advocacy group, Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, has separately threatened Twitter with legal action for hosting the Shabab and Hezbollah accounts. (via U.S. To Twitter: Stop Sleeping With The Enemy – Forbes).

Hypocrisy has its uses

My favorite song these days – Main karoo to saala character dheela hai. And since the song is so good, Salmaan Khan looks like he is worth a Best actor award.


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  1. Kumar Iyer
    January 16, 2012 at 4:17 am

    India has added its name to this list of State throttling media.

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