Censorship of anything on the internet has become an issue over the years, mostly due to an issue of fair use as well as privacy. But the controversies relating to it when viewed with logic will not hold any water so to speak as most of them makes no sense at all. The censorship issue has become a means of manipulation by the governments to take control of what is basically a public’s right of decision, their freedom of expression and freedom of information.
Recently, Twitter introduced a feature to censor certain tweets which has met with an overwhelming negative reception. Thailand has become the first international government to support such a move. But it does not come out as much of surprise as the Thai government previously requested Facebook to remove more than 10,000 pages which were in violation of the Thai lese majeste law, which protects the Thai royalty against their criticism. In 2006, YouTube was blocked for some time for this very reason and was opened only when the controversial videos were taken down.
Now the Thai government feels that with the feature introduced by Twitter itself for the censorship, its requests for removal of tweets according to its own will and no criteria would be fairly very simple. If internet censorship is to prevail on such social networking platforms as Twitter, then there would be no place left for civilians to express their views peacefully. Such measures in fact end up promoting more active violence and physical protests in people.