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After Congress failed to reach a resolution on a short-term funding measure, the U.S. federal government officially shut down Tuesday morning.
Evidence of how frustrated the American public is with Congress for failing to reach a compromise is rampant on Twitter.
To get a gauge of sentiment on social media surrounding the government shutdown, the TODAY show and Carson Daly asked the public to share their messages for Congress using the hashtag #dearcongress.
There are consequences for what you tweet – particularly if you live in Bahrain. A court there just sentenced six people to jail time for posting insults.
Yeah, you’d probably be looking at a life sentence for the stuff YOU tweet. I know I won’t be visiting that lovely locale any time soon!
Twitter does what it can to protect users’ privacy, requiring governments to go through legal channels to obtain private information – but some governments aren’t fond of rules.
If you live in Saudi Arabia, it seems your tweets aren’t being intercepted yet – but it’s really only a matter of time. And if you don’t live in Saudi Arabia, don’t be fooled into thinking your safe. Just because other governments aren’t as (unwisely) attempting to recruit folks to intercept tweets and getting publicly busted for it, doesn’t mean they’re NOT doing it.
Yes, I took my paranoia pill today.
Is Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey trying to send subliminal messages to potential voters?
Dorsey has expressed interest in running for public office before and now he’s telling folks how important it is for leaders to understand tech. Coincidence? I think not!
Jon Stewart is hilarious and his observations are dead-on. If you don’t like him, you’re humorless (and won’t like this post).
But we wonder if he ever scares himself with how far his influence and irreverent humor travels? For example, one would assume starting a slapfight between two nations would be a tad stressful.
On the heels of the announcement that Twitter archives would now be available in Russian comes an announcement from Moscow that Twitter has cooperated with Czar Vladimir Putin to block access to blacklisted content in his country.
According to The Moscow Times, Twitter has “actively been engaged in cooperation” since early March with Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications.
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