Saturday, January 28, 2012

Using Electronics Built By Slaves, Online Protesters Ding Twitter On Censorship Announcement

by Howard Schlumpinsky, TYDN Internet Affairs Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- (TYDN) Armed with smart phones and computers built by third-world indentured servants and child slaves, the American online community is blasting Twitter for agreeing to censor tweets in foreign nations to comport with local law, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

Twitter's announcement on its blog -- which was broadcast to the world via computers powered by oil produced by despotic regimes, and servers built by subsistence-wage workers in totalitarian nations -- was met with staunch disdain by much of the online American public.

"That Twitter would acquiesce to this grave human rights violation and agree to censor some tweets simply shocks the conscience," blogged Arnold Davidisnky, a 20-something San Francisco computer engineer adorned in designer clothing produced by overseas sweat shop workers as young as 7 years old.

Davidisnky's sentiment was seemingly shared internet wide.

"Twitter needs to set an example that human rights violations of censorship cannot be tolerated," tweeted somebody going by the Twitter handle @invisibleirony.

In a later tweet, @invisibleirony asked whether she should get the iPhone 4S or await for the iPhone 5.

Internet analysts said the protests underscored that Americans would not tolerate censorship human rights violations.

"That Twitter would tolerate human rights violations shows what a bogus and irresponsible corporate entity it is," said Geff Garvis, an online media critic known for his argyle socks produced by Chinese children.

The protest is being funded by a hastily-produced e-waste recycling program where protesters are collecting unwanted computers,  televisions and mobile-phones from participants in the Twitter anti-censorship movement nationwide. The used electronics will then be dumped in third-world neighborhoods where the waste will pollute water supplies while giving bare-footed children pennies-a-day scavenging jobs.

Twitter, meanwhile, declined to say in what countries and what words it would censor. But to meet the demands of the protest movement, it promised in a Sunday blog post to never censor tweets announcing Best Buy's weekend sales ad.
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