The State Deparment’s Plea to Keep Twitter Up

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The US State Department asked Twitter to delay its scheduled maintenance to keep the service up:

Reuters: “We highlighted to them that this was an important form of communication,” said the [unnamed U.S.] official of the conversation the department had with Twitter at the time of the disputed Iranian election. He declined further details.”

As exciting as this development may be for helping Iranian victims of tyranny, we aught to consider its implications for the relationship between government and enterprises which offer social media services. There is no doubt that social software and communities like Twitter, FriendFeed or FaceBook spur and extend the reach of democratic voices. Nevertheless, we must always be on guard for manipulating forces which often work against the dilution of their powers.

FriendFeed Discussion (if you can’t see the embed below, here’s the link):

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