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Facebook and Twitter, and two approaches to surveillance


The New York Times reported that Facebook had developed new filters to enable censorship in China. It is obviously courting a huge market that was closed to the social network in 2009. The same day, Twitter repeated its stance against government or law enforcement surveillance: “Using Twitter’s Public APIs or data products to track or profile protesters and activists is absolutely unacceptable and prohibited.” Facebook’s Zuckerberg is said to promote some conversation to none at all. Should fundamental values be sacrificed to that goal? It all depends on whether you are a realist or an idealist. Or stick to your principles.

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