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North Korea, Iran, China, Pakistan, Turkey – Countries Who Block Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

North Korea, Iran, China, Pakistan, Turkey - Countries Who Block Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that both Twitter and Facebook are banned in North Korea, Iran and China?

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Can Social Media At Work Be A Good Thing? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Can Social Media At Work Be A Good Thing? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Twitter banned in your office? Is access to Facebook blocked, or severely frowned upon?

If so, you’re far from alone. Social media continues to get a bad rap in the workplace and many companies still prohibit its use. But are they wrong? Is social networking at work actually productive?

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Turkey Removes Twitter Ban After Court Ruling

Turkey Removes Twitter Ban After Court Ruling

After blocking access to Twitter on March 21 and increasing the severity of that ban a few days later, Turkey has finally lifted the suspension of Twitter across the country after the nation’s Constitutional Court ruled that the move, which was widely condemned, had breached freedom of expression.

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The Countries That Block Twitter, Facebook And YouTube [MAP]

The Countries That Block Twitter, Facebook And YouTube [MAP]

The turmoil in Turkey and the government’s subsequent blocking of social media sites – including the recent banning of and legal battle with Twitter – highlights just how powerful social media can be in times of unrest.

And Turkey isn’t the only country to block social media – there are at least six other countries right now that are blocking Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

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Social Media In The Workplace: Why Blocking Access Is Bad For Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Media In The Workplace: Why Blocking Access Is Bad For Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

One in five job seekers would refuse to work for an employer who didn’t allow them to access social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook in the workplace, and a quarter of college students say that use of these channels in the office will be a key factor in their decision to accept an employer’s offer.

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Social Media And The Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 75.4 percent of brands now use social media for business purposes, and four out of ten have been doing so for more than two years?

Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have revolutionised marketing, sales and community engagement for the vast majority of brands, but what about within the workplace itself – are businesses practicing what they preach by letting employees use social media in the office?

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Employee Use Of Social Media Is On The Rise (And Twitter Leads The Way) [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that Twitter is the most-used social networking site by office employees, ahead of Facebook and LinkedIn?

Initially frowned upon – if not outright banned – the use of social media in the office is very much on the rise, as employers start to understand the benefits of these tools and how they can be best leveraged for office productivity. While less than half (43 percent) of firms have a completely open policy towards social networking, fewer than one in three (< 30 percent) block these channels altogether, and the number of organisations restricting access to these platforms is dropping by around 10 percent each year.

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Should Twitter Be A Human Right?

We’ve all witnessed the important role that networks like Twitter and Facebook have played in recent world events. And we’ve also seen how quickly governments remove access to these networks when they threaten their survival, as well as the levels that people are prepared to go to get around these blockades (and even how the biggest players in tech have helped).

Four in five people around the world believe that internet access is a fundamental right. Some countries, including Finland and Estonia, have made broadband a legal requirement for its citizens.

Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), says that governments must “regard the internet as basic infrastructure – just like roads, waste and water. We have entered the knowledge society and everyone must have access to participate.”

Few would disagree. But the internet as both an entity and concept is vast, and a fundamental right to access it as a whole is not the same thing as the right to access every part of it. And just how deep do these rights go – for example, is access to Twitter something that somebody in prison should expect? Or even demand?

After all, it’s not unheard of for prisoners to be using Facebook and other mediums to broadcast their message to the world. Right now, sure, it’s frowned upon, but as a society (certainly in the West) we’ve softened our expectations of prison life for all but the most evil of criminals. I don’t think anyone really likes the idea of Richard Ramirez having a Facebook page, but what about your more common or garden inmate? Should a guy doing six months for tax evasion lose all access to the social space, or is that excessive and unnecessary? Perhaps even cruel and unusual punishment?

Right now, I suspect that most people would feel that Twitter was a luxury, certainly for the majority of detainees. But times change, and much as everybody has a right to their one phone call, it’s not completely out of the realms of possibility that, somewhere down the line, access to social networks for prisoners will be fairly commonplace, albeit with inevitable (and necessary) restrictions in place. And there will always be exceptions, those that committed crimes so heinous that the very thought of them having any legitimate contact with the rest of the world would make us shudder.

Or will it? Rights are rights, after all, even for the most wicked of prisoners. And who are we to decide otherwise?

"I’m Not Allowed To Use Twitter At Work."

Okay. So what are you going to do about it?

Chances are if Twitter (or Facebook, for that matter) is blocked at your company then the person who made that decision almost certainly doesn’t use Twitter and is therefore completely ignorant about the benefits.

Don’t just accept it – educate them.

Of course, you have to understand the difference between using Twitter productively and goofing around, and be able to demonstrate that effectively.

Because if YOU don’t know, how can you possibly expect them to?

Twitter Gets More Direct With Letting You Know When You’ve Been Blocked

This may not be a very new development, but it’s new to me.

Last year I wrote quite a popular article informing users how to work out if somebody has blocked them on Twitter. Well, that information is now a little dated, as Twitter has provided us with a much easier way to tell if you’ve been blocked – just click on the follow button.

That’s all it takes. If you’ve been blocked by that user, Twitter will tell you. I tried it on @stephenfry, and here’s a screenshot of the message I received.

Twitter Gets More Direct With Letting You Know When You've Been Blocked

There it is in black and white – this user has blocked you from following them.

Nice and simple, definitely. However, this will inevitably lead to more spats on the network, as people take offense to being blocked by their idols and peers. Sometimes, for no apparent reason.

(Hat-tip to Peter for the spot.)