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by Mike Masnick

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crackdown, kuwait, social media

facebook, twitter

Kuwait Says Social Networks Must Be Regulated To 'Safeguard The Cohesiveness Of Society'

from the i-had-no-idea-it-was-at-risk dept

Apparently, an unregulated Twitter and Facebook might lead to society coming apart at the seams. At least that appears to be the somewhat ridiculous assertion of the Kuwaiti government as it prepares to regulate the usage of social networking sites, officially in order to "safeguard the cohesiveness of the population and society." Of course, that's silly. Social networking tools are used all the time to bring people together and to have discussions -- and also for less socially beneficial reasons. But the technology is just a tool for communication. By itself, it's neither good nor bad. Of course, given how those tools have been useful in larger protests and even regime changes around the Middle East over the past 18 months, one might guess that this new crackdown is a bit more about safeguarding the power of the existing government.

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    BentFranklin (profile), 4 May 2012 @ 6:56am

    When they say cohesiveness of society, they mean cohesiveness of society to them.

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