Twitter Censorship Survey: Many Users Worried About New Policy

Over the past few years, Twitter has played a fairly vital role in historical events such as the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Users love that the microblogging site allows them to share opinions without fear they’ll be removed or censored from the site. But now Twitter has come out with a new policy that could allow some content to be censored based on country. Some Twitter users are worried about this new policy, while others say it is still more reasonable than policies on other sites.

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Twitter Usage

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 48% of respondents said they currently have a Twitter account. Even those who don’t, however, still know of the site. Less than one percent of respondents did not know what Twitter was. It’s likely that Twitter’s effect on current events has something to do with its popularity, since 49% of respondents agreed that the site has had a large impact on some of the uprisings of the last couple of years, such as those in Egypt and Libya. Only 18% said it did not play a big part in those events, and 33% had no opinion.

Censorship Policy

Not all Twitter users, however, are familiar with the new censorship policy. Only 18% of respondents said they knew of the policy. Of those respondents, only 19% said they think it seems fair. 53% said it seems unfair, and 28% were still undecided about it.

Social Media Freedom

In general, it seems that many internet users are against censorship in most cases. Only 14% of respondents said they think social media should be censored more than it is. 41% said it should only be censored in very extreme circumstances. 33% said social media should not be censored at all. And another 12% had no opinion.

Social media is a powerful tool that can be used for good, but could Twitter censorship hurt that ability? The widget below shows the results of the survey in full. Be sure to click “open full report” for full details.

Photo Credit: Twitter is immoral from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on January 29 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.