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Vietnam Threatens Fines And Jail For Tweeting Critical Comments About The Government

Tweeting Critical Comments About The Government In Vietnam Could Now Lead To Fines Or Jail Time

Vietnam has joined the likes of China and Iran in censoring its citizens’ social media activity.

The country has announced the threat of fines and even jail time for tweets, Facebook posts and other social media comments that criticize the Vietnamese government, reports Reuters.

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Where They Burn Tweets, They Will Ultimately Burn People

In January 2011, Twitter wrote a fairly inspiring blog post entitled The Tweets Must Flow.

In the entry, crafted by Twitter co-founder (and then creative director) Biz Stone and general counsel Alex Macgillivray, wrote about the importance of preserving “the open exchange of information”, and that “almost every country in the world agrees that freedom of expression is a human right”.

Now, in a new update to this policy, Twitter appears to have done a one-eighty on its stance towards freedom of expression, as the platform now has the facility to withhold tweets from users in an entire, specified country – while keeping that content available to the rest of the world.

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Is Open Access To Twitter The Benchmark With Which To Measure Democracy?

The independent monthly news publication Dispatch is reporting on rumours that the Ugandan government has moved to shut down internet access within the country to Twitter and Facebook, but not all ISPs are complying.

If true, then Uganda is the latest in a growing line of countries that have attempted to block access to Twitter, including Egypt, China, Cameroon, Tunisia and Vietnam. These shutdowns have often been short-lived and futile, but one thing remains true – a free country must include free and unrestricted access to social media.

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