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3 February, at 09 : 38 AM Print
If you’re in Rwanda and viewing [blogname].blogspot.com, you might be redirected to [blogname].blogspot.com.rw instead of the usual [blogname].blogspot.com .This means,Rwanda government will have capabilities of censoring what can be published on its internet space.
“Google will begin redirecting blogs to country-specific URL. Overthe coming weeks you might notice that the URL of a blog you’re reading has been redirected to a country-code top level domain, or “ccTLD.Blog visitors will be redirected to a URL specific to their location, with content subject to their country’s censorship”. Explains, a Google support blogger
“Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law.Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD,” Google wrote on the help page.
Services like Blogger, YouTube and Google+ help users to express themselves and share different points of view, Google said in a statement on Thursday. Where content is illegal or breaks Google’s terms of service, the company will continue to remove it, it added.
Google’s enhancement came into announcement just after Twitter’s controversial decision last week to withhold certain content from users in a specific country. Likewise Twitter has established tweets censorship basing on local laws.
This policy adjustment also comes into effect following legal action by the India’s government against Google in connection with content on its sites that is said to be objectionable.
To a country like Rwanda, such a policy can be considered beneficial since abusive bloggers will be censored according to the government laws. For instance just like Nazi imagery is unlawful and censored in parts of Europe, likewise blogs denying the 1994 Genocide against Tsutsi will be censored.