Ecuador: Twitter criticized for permitting censorship of images, references to Rafael Correa

Posted on May 2, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador, Internet, Social Issues

Ecuadorian press freedom NGO Fundamedios sent a letter to Twitter criticizing the company for having complied to remove content depicting or referring to President Rafael Correa that the organization described as public information. Twitter removed the content from its service after receiving several complaints in the last few months from Spanish company Ares Rights, which the Ecuadorian government is currently employing to track alleged copyright infringements online.
President Rafael Correa. Photo: Presidencia de la República del Ecuador vía Flickr.


Fundamedios said the removal of the content represents an act of censorship against Ecuadorian citizens, activists and all other individuals that are critical of Correa’s administration. The organization said the move contravenes international treaties on freedom of expression, the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Ecuador’s intellectual property law. Read Article

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