Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.

We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.
Earlier this week, in close coordination with our peers, we suspended a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda.

If we can attribute any of this activity to state-backed actors, we will disclose to our archive of information operations:
Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.

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9 Dec 20
The Internet is at a crossroads. What happens next will define our online lives for an entire generation.

Today, in Europe, Twitter is joining @automattic @mozilla @Vimeo to call on regulators to endorse a digital future built on the #OpenInternet.

We need to ask ourselves: what kind of Internet do we want?

A one-size-fits-all approach fails to consider our diverse online environment and risks crippling smaller players. It risks seriously undermining fair competition and effectively helps to entrench bigger companies.
We need regulatory proposals that encourage effective collaboration and meaningful transparency between companies, regulators, and civil society.

Oversight grounded in regional and global norms can ensure company efforts are effective, durable, and protect individuals’ rights.
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30 Jul 20
Protecting the #OpenInternet is a key objective for Twitter – it’s why we exist. There are two key areas to consider:
1. Avoid entrenching the dominance of the biggest players by protecting competition
2. Focus on how content is discovered + amplified, less on removal alone
By delivering unprecedented economic and technological progress, the Open Internet has led to wider access to information and opportunities to speak that are core to participatory, democratic societies.
As the EU develops a number of critical proposals, including the #DigitalServicesAct and the #DemocracyActionPlan, it's time to establish principles of what constitutes a values-driven Open Internet and place them at the heart of the online century.
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24 Oct 19
We want to empower people on Twitter to be informed digital citizens & to be able to recognise disinformation. To mark @UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019, we're launching a new handbook for educators; Teaching and Learning with Twitter shorturl.at/ejsVW
@UNESCO The handbook helps educators equip younger generations with media and information literacy skills, such as asking the right questions of content they engage with online, and navigating an increasingly complicated media environment. Download it here ⤵️ cards.twitter.com/cards/2m46mv/8…
@UNESCO We’ll be translating this global resource into multiple languages and distributing it to educators around the world, leveraging our many partnerships, including @UNESCO’s network of NGOs working in the area of media literacy.
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11 Nov 18
There has been recent discussion regarding how we protect dissident voices on Twitter, particularly in Saudi Arabia. We want to take a moment to clarify some facts.
We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use our service to hold power to account, and we have strong tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work.
We have teams around the world who work to improve the health of the public conversation. None of these policy enforcement teams are based in the MENA region at all, including our Dubai office. Recent accusations to the contrary are false.
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17 Oct 18
Today we are releasing all the content associated with previously disclosed information operations that we have found on our service since 2016. Our goal is to enable further independent academic research and investigation: blog.twitter.com/official/en_us…
These datasets comprise of 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, originating in Russia, and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran. They include more than 10 million Tweets & more than 2 million images, GIFs, videos, & Periscope broadcasts.
We are constantly seeking to improve our own ability to detect, understand, and neutralize these campaigns as quickly as technically possible. We continue to invest heavily in this area: blog.twitter.com/official/en_us…
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10 Apr 18
Twitter is pleased to support the Honest Ads Act. Back in the fall we indicated we supported proposals to increase transparency in political ads.
Last October, Twitter announced plans to launch a new industry-leading platform called the Ads Transparency Center (ATC). The ATC will go beyond the requirements of the Honest Ads Act and eventually provide increased transparency to all advertisements on Twitter.
Moreover, the ATC will dramatically increase transparency for political and issue ads, providing people with significant detail on the origin of each ad. We have a dedicated team that is fully resourced to implementing the ATC and are committed to launching it this summer.
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