Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Group: In Germany, Twitter has banned its users from accessing an account belonging to the neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover, which means "better Hannover." It's the first time that Twitter has acted on a policy it established back in January known as “country withheld content.” The policy is meant to uphold local laws by blocking users in specific countries from seeing unlawful tweets, while maintaining the ability of people beyond the border to see the offending messages. In the case of the Neo-Nazi Twitter account, the German government had already banned the group. Unlike in the United States, the use of Nazi symbols and slogans in Germany is against the law.
Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, told the NY Times, “It’s not a great thing, but it’s a way of minimizing censorship. It’s better for Twitter if they can keep countries happy without having to take the whole thing down.” via NY Times