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Until recently, I had nothing against Twitter. Using it without running nonfree Javascript software was tricky but possible, and it respected users' privacy.

I began to criticize Twitter when I heard it had started to require users to prove identity in some way if they connect through Tor.

However, more recently I heard that people were able to connect through Tor without these obstacles.

Please email me if you have newer information about this issue.


Twitter has implemented new non-privacy settings; the default is substantial surveillance, if users don't turn it off.


Twitter makes it impossible to create an account without providing a mobile phone number. You might have to buy a "burner phone" to do it.

That article provides advice for those who want to run a Twitter account and protect their identities from a state that represses whistleblowers. But even if you will proudly put your real name on the account, you have every reason not to let Twitter know your mobile phone number.


Twitter shut down Jim Weber's account after he posted a copy of a video from the Olympic Games.

A social network should work for its users, which means it should not act as an instrument for someone else to control or restrict them. That means it should not enter the business of publishing on behalf of moneyed interests.

It is too bad that Weber legitimized the power that was used against him by referring to these videos as "illegal".


Roy Schestowitz reports being censored ("shadowbanned") by Twitter for posting about Twitter censorship.

This kind of censorship is not obvious to the one being censored.


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