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01/27/2012

How to get around Twitter's censorship of Tweets

Outraged that Twitter will begin censoring Tweets appearing or originating from certain countries, some have discovered a workaround to circumvent the social network's censorship.

Some background: Twitter announced Thursday "Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world."

While it seems they might put the blinders on some users - and some controversial topics - there could be some ways around it. 

On their blog post, Twitter said an example of censoring a Tweet would be something neo-Nazi related, coming from Germany, where it's illegal. However - that might be just the tip of the censorship iceberg.

In any case, buried within their blog post was a link to a page with instructions about how to change your country setting.

So if Twitter thinks you're in Iran, possibly posting something the "authority" doesn't like there, perhaps you should tell Twitter where you really are. Maybe, in Mexico, perhaps?

From your Account Settings menu, users can click Change Country and select another country.

It will work for a short while, but Twitter may eventually determine your IP address is from within a banned country (or about a banned topic) before it blocks you again.

What do you think about Twitter moving to censor Tweets?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN TEch & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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