So Much For Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal not Putting a Leash on Twitter

I’m sure the fact that a powerful Saudi prince bought a significant stake in Twitter a few weeks ago has nothing to do with their announcement yesterday:

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

Coincidences are a funny thing..

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  • http://www.waja3ras.com Tarek

    I beg to differ…

    According to HH al-Walid bin Talal “It was a pure financial investment with economic objectives,” he said. “Politics has no ingredients whatsoever in that investment … the secure economic financial investment with expected huge returns to our company Kingdom Holding.”

    I was actually worried more about tags such as this one..

  • CopyCat

    thank god mark zuckerberg doesn’t need dirty saudi money

  • Nadine

    Mashable is saying that this is most likely due to members of US government asking twitter to remove Taliban:
    http://mashable.com/2012/01/26/twitter-to-censor/

    But it can’t be a coincidence that this happens one day after Twitter launches in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Urdu.

    • http://nancym.tk Nancy

      I think there are far too many conspiracy theories floating around about this decision. Twitter has always been available in Arabic. The latest change just makes it more user-friendly and will give users an Arabic interface. It’s not like we haven’t been able to tweet in Arabic before this.

      • Craig

        There can never be too many conspiracy theories about sleazy internet companies getting into bed with sleazy politicians, Nancy. I guarantee whatever conspiracy theories people come up with, the truth is worse :)