Twitter had announced a major move earlier to bring censorship into the content of its tweets. This is among the latest development in a seemingly changing landscape of the internet. Last week Megaupload and Magavideo was faced with an FBI IPO charged that caused its eventual end of life.
"As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression," Twitter said. "Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. "Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content," Twitter said.
Twitter had been one of the major tools which had been instrumental during the Arab Spring. Last Friday, its announcement in effect will block possible tweets on a country-by-country basis if they are legally required to do it.
Some critics said that this development might also be related to the investment in December by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, a country with strong Internet censorship. The prince invested some $300 million in Twitter.
"Overall, there doesnt seem to be a particular reason to hit the panic button here," said Danny Sullivan, chief editor of MarketingLand.com and SearchEngineLand.com..