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.

Filed Under: crackdown, kuwait, social media
Companies: facebook, twitter

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    Mathew Carabello, 28 Jun 2012 @ 9:01am


    Like to me, myspace connected us through music - Facebook is great for fam and friends, twitter to me is only good for following celebs, www.tumblr.com is great for making blogs, www.Formvote.com connects us through questions - they all have a purpose.

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