In a bow of the head to the elite, Twitter can now censor any tweet, in any country, if required by law. This step is reserved for only the most offensive or illegal tweets that could arise, and if contacted by the authorities, Twitter will comply and will censor the tweet(s) in question. As stated by Twitter on their blog:
We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld. As part of that transparency, we’ve expanded our partnership with Chilling Effects to share this new page, http://chillingeffects.org/twitter, which makes it easier to find notices related to Twitter.
And so the waiting game for the first censored tweet, if ever, begins. Via: BoingBoing