Twitter Excited About Ducking Censors

Ev Williams approves of third-party developers' work

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Twitter claims not to be taking an active role in the dispute, but it’s definitely applauding developers who try to make Twitter.com available in China and Iran.  Ev Williams endorsed workarounds and rejected compromises while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

According to John Gapper, Williams said, "We are partially blocked in China and other places and we were in Iran as well."  He then continued, "The most productive way to fight that is not by trying to engage China and other governments whose very being is against what we are about.  I am hopeful there are technological ways around these barriers."

Note: this doesn’t mean that Twitter’s joined any sort of free speech fight.  Williams specifically mentioned third-party developers at one point.

Still, it appears that Williams, who has said before that he’s proud of how Twitter helped Iranian protesters spread their message, won’t in any way cooperate with oppressive regimes.  And his comments could definitely equal a show of support for Google as it considers abandoning China.

Just don’t expect to hear much more about this stuff from Williams, as Gapper wrote, "Mr Williams did not want to give details of the technology being developed in order to avoid giving clues to governments that wanted to block its service."

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    Pity the poor Chinese guy in charge of censorship. The online community is so full of blowhards it must be a never ending job. The internet will continue to channel information around the world no matter what any government tries to do.

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