Media News - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Recent changes to Twitter’s application programming interface (API) rattled some critics concerned about how journalists will use the popular social media platform to cover news in the future, according to Alfred Hermida on his blog Reportr.net. Beyond the recent API announcement, Twitter has seen a progression of censorship as the company matures that may threaten its credibility as a news source. The new Twitter guidelines have prompted questions about how, or whether, journalists will be able to aggregate various tweets, combining them with non-Twitter content. In order to “deliver a consistent Twitter experience,” Twitter now requires all posted tweets to include a linked @username and Twitter actions, like Re-tweet, reply, etc. Along with new display guidelines, Twitter requires all applications to be certified by the company before they are released. Twitter announced that failure to comply with these guidelines could result in a revocation of the application's access to tweeted content. This trend toward greater control over the appearance and content of tweets reflects Twitter’s development as a business but also raises concerns about censorship. Jeff Sonderman of Poynter chronicled Twitter’s history of censorship, noting that the company said it would start censoring certain tweets in certain countries in January 2012. (Knight Center)
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