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Twitter Is Banned In Japan REPACK

Facebook and Twitter have been banned in Iran since 2009 amid disputed elections and mass protests, limiting public government opposition. Some users have learned to bypass the blocks by using a VPN. However, proposed legislation could criminalize VPNs, require IDs to access the internet, and give security agencies control of the web. In 2020, Iran announced it was working with China to create a national Iranian internet, possibly introducing similar controls to the Great Firewall of China.

twitter is banned in Japan

The ex-Soviet Central Asian state bans Western social media platforms as well as popular Russian networks. In addition to blocking Facebook and Twitter, Turkmenistan, which is largely Muslim, asks citizens to swear on the Quran when signing up for a home internet connection that they will not access VPNs. Students are asked to sign statements pledging not to use the internet to access banned sites.

The Twitter user was banned after disputing claims from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare early on in the pandemic that PCR tests are not a reliable way to control the spread of COVID-19.

On April 2, 2021, a Russian court found Twitter guilty on three counts of "violating regulations on restricting unlawful content," and ordered Twitter to pay $117,000 in fines.[36][37][38] On April 5, 2021, Russia extended its throttling of Twitter until May 15, 2021. On May 17, 2021, Roskomnadzor said that Twitter had removed 91% of the banned content and backed off on blocking Twitter. Barring 600 posts still pending removal, the government agency also said they would continue throttling Twitter on Mobile Devices only saying that Twitter needed to remove all the banned items and in the future delete reportedly illegal posts within 24 hours for all restrictions to be lifted.[39]

In August 2010, the Government of South Korea tried to block certain content on Twitter due to the North Korean government opening a Twitter account.[40] The North Korean Twitter account created on August 12, uriminzok, loosely translated to mean "our people" in Korean, acquired over 4,500 followers in less than one week. On August 19, 2010, South Korea's state-run Communications Standards Commission banned the Twitter account for broadcasting "illegal information."[41] According to BBC US and Canada, experts claim that North Korea has invested in "information technology for more than 20 years" with knowledge of how to use social networking sites.[42] This appears to be "nothing new" for North Korea as the reclusive country has always published propaganda in its press, usually against South Korea, calling them "warmongers."[42] With only 36 "tweets", the Twitter account was able to accumulate almost 9,000 followers. To date, the South Korean Commission has banned 65 sites, including this Twitter account.[41]

Twitter is officially blocked in China; however, many Chinese people circumvent the block to use it.[60] Even major Chinese companies and national medias, such as Huawei and CCTV, use Twitter through a government approved VPN.[61][62] The official account of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs started tweeting in English in December 2019, meanwhile dozens of Chinese diplomats, embassies and consulates run their accounts on Twitter.[63] In 2010, Cheng Jianping was sentenced to one year in a labor camp for "retweeting" a comment that suggested boycotters of Japanese products should instead attack the Japanese pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Her fiancé, who posted the initial comment, claims it was actually a satire of anti-Japanese sentiment in China.[64] According to the report of the Washington Post, in 2019, state security officials visited some users in China to request them deleting tweets.[65] The Chinese police would produce printouts of tweets and advise users to delete either the specific messages or their entire accounts. The New York Times described "the crackdown (of the twitter users in China) is unusually broad and punitive". The targets of the crackdown even included those Twitter lurkers with very few followers.[66] In 2019, a Chinese student at the University of Minnesota was arrested and sentenced to six months in prison when he returned to China, for posting tweets mocking Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping while in US.[67] On 3 July 2020, Twitter announced that all data and information requests for Hong Kong authorities were immediately paused after Hong Kong national security law, which was imposed by the Chinese government, went into effect.[68] According to the official verdicts as of 2020, at least hundreds of Chinese were sentenced to prison due to their tweeting, retweeting and liking on Twitter.[69] According to the documents obtained by the New York Times in 2021, Shanghai police were trying to use technology means to find out the true identities of Chinese users of specific accounts on foreign social media, including Twitter.[70] In 2022, Peiter Zatko, Twitter's former head of security, accused Twitter of accepting funding from unnamed "Chinese entities", which gave them access to the information of users in China, and Twitter knew that could endanger these users.[71] Zatko also disclosed that FBI notified Twitter of at least one Chinese agent in the company.[72]

Shortly after the Internet shutdown, engineers at Google, Twitter, and SayNow, a voice-messaging startup company acquired by Google in January, announced the Speak To Tweet service. Google stated in its official blog that the goal of the service was to assist Egyptian protesters in staying connected during the Internet shutdown.[88] Users could phone in a "tweet" by leaving a voicemail and use the Twitter hashtag #Egypt. These comments could be accessed without an Internet connection by dialing the same designated phone numbers. Those with Internet access could listen to the comments by visiting

From 5 June 2021 to 13 January 2022, the government of Nigeria officially banned Twitter,[13][92] which restricted it from operating in the country. The ban occurred after Twitter deleted tweets made by, and temporarily suspended, the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, warning the southeastern people of Nigeria,[93][94] predominantly Igbo people, of a potential repeat of the 1967 Biafran Civil War due to the ongoing insurgency in Southeastern Nigeria.[95][92][96][97][98][99] The Nigerian government claimed that the deletion of the president's tweets factored into their decision, but it was ultimately based on "a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real world violent consequences",[100] citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence.[101]

Under Twitter's Terms of Service which requiring users agreement, Twitter retains the right to temporarily or permanently suspend user accounts based on violations.[106] One such example took place on December 18, 2017, when it banned the accounts belonging to Paul Golding, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, and the Traditionalist Worker Party.[107] Donald Trump, the former President of the United States, faced a limited degree of censorship in 2019, and following the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol has been completely suspended on January 8, 2021, according to an interpretation of two tweets by moderation.[108][109][110] Trump has used the platform extensively as a means of communication, and has escalated tensions with other nations through his tweets.[111] On January 8, 2021, at 6:21 EST, Twitter permanently suspended Trump's personal Twitter account.[112] The President then posted four status updates on the POTUS Twitter account which were subsequently removed. Twitter said they would not suspend government accounts, but will "instead take action to limit their use."[113]

In 2018, Twitter rolled out a "quality filter" that hid content and users deemed "low quality" from search results and limited their visibility, leading to accusations of shadow banning. After conservatives claimed it censors users from the political right, Alex Thompson, a writer for VICE, confirmed that many prominent Republican politicians had been "shadow banned" by the filter.[115] Twitter later acknowledged the problem, stating that the filter had a software bug that would be fixed in the near future.[115]

Like in Bahrain, the UAE has invoked local laws against defamation and libel to arrest, jail, and block Twitter users. According to Freedom House, in 2013 the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has blocked over five hundred search terms. In 2012, the government invoked a new cybercrime law to block 15 twitter and Facebook accounts for "defamation and abuse," by sending letters to both companies outlining the alleged offenses.

Musk's reinstatement of Trump followed that of other banned accounts including a conservative parody site and a psychologist who had violated Twitter's rules on language identifying transgender people.

The books' return came two months after South Korea banned three conservative Japanese lawmakers from entering the country after they arrived at a Seoul airport with a plan to travel near islets at the center of territorial and historical disputes between the countries.

Musk has made radical decisions, seemingly single-handedly, such as selling blue verification checkmarks and reinstating accounts that had been banned for breaking Twitter's rules against violent or offensive speech, including that of former President Donald Trump. Long-time users and advertisers are fleeing.


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