There’s a bit of a debate going about whether Twitter’s new censorship policy is reasonable or not. My colleague Paul Smalera wrote one of the better posts leaning toward Twitter’s policy having some merits, in the way it makes it easier for those outside censoring countries to see what’s being censored. But I also see some flaws with this, which Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin helped me realize. She calls it “a polite step down a slippery slope”
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Word came down yesterday that Twitter will begin giving the governments of some countries the ability to request to have messages censored over their service. This is a big change from Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray’s previous statement from last year that the company was “from the free speech wing of the free speech party.”
Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys Storify’d my live tweeting of a great panel here at Davos that included California congressman Darrell Issa, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond, Scribd founder Trip Adler, and moderated by Mashable’s Pete Cashmore. A full video of the session can be found here on Mashable.
I’m going to level with you. I have little more than a vague idea of what I’ve gotten myself into here. An assembly of heads of state, titans of industry, the cliched 1%. I feel a bit like a fish out of water. What on earth is someone like me going to do among these power brokers?
BuzzFeed has been getting a lot of attention lately, for their high profile hire of well respected political reporter Ben Smith, from Politico and for a recent influx of $15.5 million in new investment. I headed to BuzzFeed headquarters downtown here in Soho to find out what they’re planning to do with the money and how they’re going to differentiate themselves from sites like the Huffington Post.
I am pleased to announce that Matthew Keys will be joining Reuters as our Deputy Social Media Editor. He will produce online content for Reuters.com; expand our presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and on new platforms; and play a key role in helping to train Reuters journalists on best practices in social media.