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Twitter warns it may censor super-injunction breaching tweets

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By John Glenday | Reporter

January 31, 2012 | 1 min read

Twitter’s controversial plans to introduce censorship of tweets of a ‘country-by-country’ basis could result in Britons being barred from disseminating tweets which break future super-injunctions – according to the micro blog's head of global public policy.

Colin Crowell made the remarks during a discussion with a Commons committee on injunctions, saying: “I don’t pretend to know exactly how an injunction process would work,” he said, adding that “we would need to receive some notice presumably.

"But the policy as we announced was when we received a request [for censorship] from an authorised entity we will deal with those.

"Our policy is, now that we have the ability to cater things to a particular jurisdiction, is to work through that on a case-by-case basis."

Twitter has never, yet, been subject to a super-injunction by a British court but if this happens the author and their followers will be notified that the offending tweet has been obscured to readers within that jurisdiction.

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