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Old October 18th, 2012 #1
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Computerworld - Using its country-specific content-blocking tool for the first time, Twitter has shut down access to a neo-Nazi group's account in Germany.

"Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly & transparently," Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel, tweeted last night. "We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We're using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany."

Dirk Hensen, a spokesman for Twitter, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the account @hannoverticker has been blocked only in Germany, where its content is considered illegal.

Twitter's content-blocking tool is designed to enable the micro-blogging site to remove illegal content in a particular country, while allowing it to remain available for everyone else.

According to AP, the @hannoverticker account is used by a far-right fringe group -- Besseres Hannover -- which officials from the German state of Lower Saxony banned last month, saying it promotes Nazi ideals in an attempt to undermine Germany's democracy.

Lower Saxony officials sent Twitter a letter, which the site posted, asking the site to "close this account immediately and not to open any substitute accounts for the organisation 'Besseres Hannover.'"

When Twitter announced the country-specific content tool in January, it stressed a commitment to openness. "We strongly believe that the open and free exchange of information has a positive global impact, and that the Tweets must continue to flow."

However, Twitter also noted that many countries, including the U.S., have laws that may apply to tweets and Twitter account content.

"In our continuing effort to make our services available to users everywhere, if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity, it may be necessary to reactively withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time," the company wrote.

Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said the country-specific tool is a good one for Twitter to have in its arsenal.

"This kind of thing is going to come up elsewhere," he added. "They need to comply with local laws, and they want to do it without disrupting their global service.... By setting up a country-by-country system, it keeps the limitations of one government from spreading over borders."

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Old October 18th, 2012 #2
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democracy is a weasel word, as used by the powers that be. in one day we have seen the democratic will of the majority (defense of marriage act, simply tossed out by a US judge). and now we see a private company complying with a political authority's request to shut down a particular account because it was transmitting political opinions that are "illegal" in a democracy because they threaten the basis of that democracy. well, that's certainly an interesting paradox now, isn't it?: free expression of opinion isn't the basis of democracy but a threat to it! and should the wrong opinion make it all the way into law, when then we can simply have a king, a know-better, toss the law out on its ear and encode what the public should have voted as the law of the land. thus we see that democracy is not the rule of the people but rule in the name of the people...by a tiny minority of people that is at odds with the people. so democracy is rule by an elite, but not just an elite, an elite hostile to the majority of the people. thus the term 'democracy' is a verbal camouflage. it conceals the nature of the operation from those not paying attention. and this is why the powers that be can go on and on about democracy and the will of the people while always siding with the alien over the native, the sex deviant over the normal, and the censor over the free-speaker.

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Old October 18th, 2012 #3
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The Social Marxist self-imagined "elite" dictator CUNTS who thwart the will of the majority in all White nations have got to be crushed like the roaches they are.
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Old October 19th, 2012 #4
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Democracy is just another word like "racism", "gay", "homophobia", "asylum seeker" and "Holocaust" that have lost all their original meaning and now only mean what the authorities want them to mean.

Democracy is unworkable; it's just another way of calling a dictatorship except it's much more dangerous because the word and its supposed meaning gve it legitimacy.

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This time they came for the Germans and no one cried out; when are they coming for us?
 
Old October 20th, 2012 #6
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I still think Hitler said it best: "Democracy, a system in which the votes of two imbeciles are worth more than that of a wise man"
 
Old October 23rd, 2012 #7
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I still think Hitler said it best: "Democracy, a system in which the votes of two imbeciles are worth more than that of a wise man"
He also said democracy is jewish.
 
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