Twitter is obviously important for activists in authoritarian parts of the world, but the fact that twitter CAN ban or shut down accounts means that in some cases, by law, it WILL.

Twitter once had promise of being a powerful platform for grassroots movements and a voice for the people. That promise is dead. Twitter has failed.

I've seen several interviews recently with one of the Twitter co-founders (Biz Stone, promoting his book) and it became apparent in all of them that they don't give a hoot what Twitter is used for. Anytime he was asked about the positive force for good Twitter was being used for in countries with civil unrest, his responses made it clear he didn't give a damn. He actually came across as an ironically, apathetic person who really was only in it all for the money.

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