Brazil Sues Twitter Over DUI Checkpoint Tweets

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Follow this guy, and be sure to miss the sobriety checkpoints
Last week, Twitter users were outraged by the company's new policy to allow censorship country-by-country -- not that this will have any influence in places like China or Iran, where tweeting is entirely blocked.

In any event, the new policy is getting its first real test after Brazil filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco company. The Brazilian government is less than pleased with Twitter for allowing users to tweet locations of upcoming sobriety checkpoints, giving drunk drivers a chance to elude the cops. 

According to Gizmodo, more than 300,000 users are following the Twitter account that posted the locations of the DUI checkpoints as well as locations of police radars, and Brazil says that's essentially promoting drinking and driving.
 
The lawsuit filed this week asks Twitter to suspend and block those accounts that warn drivers of the sobriety checkpoint. The South American country is asking Twitter to pay a $290,000 fine for every day it refuses to comply with the injunction.

No word just yet on how Twitter plans to deal with this claim.

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DebbyBruck
DebbyBruck

What Twitter decides on the Brazilian issue will set a precedent and standard for future requests for restrictions and limitation in all countries and states. I hope to read and hear the commentaries from judges and legal experts on the potential for further reduction in freedoms and rights against the possibility of these actions to save lives, provide safety and well-being to those concerned.  I have written more on this subject that encompasses more on SOPA PIPA ACTA and Bridging Censorship of Free Speech http://bit.ly/z6PagO 

Jah know
Jah know

Been to Brazil 2 times. The jack boot thug checkpoints are pure police state fascism. 

_Dude
_Dude

Freedom of speech is a joke in the US. Just look at wikileaks and what they've done to Desange, or the wording in SOPA to see what the US take on freedom of speech is. It's a lot easier to get all bent out of shape over it when it's not your government doing it though, so I can see why this would generate more comments.

Global services should provide versions that conform to local laws, or expect to be blocked. That's exactly what the US does.

MrCheckpoint
MrCheckpoint

In America hopefully they don't do that. www.twitter.com/MrCheckpoint or @MrCheckpoint. It is scary that a country would sue a company for free speech. It is something I hope we don't have to worry about here in America. 

langfooo
langfooo

Sounds like a pretty rock solid plan to me dude. Wow.Total-Privacy dot US

Craigley
Craigley

Tech-savy drunks can't be that drunk.  

FindFiles.net
FindFiles.net

This development is quite worrysome. In Germany it is allow to announce police checkpoints in the state radio station.

Richard Hesse
Richard Hesse

Who are the Brazilians kidding? People don't stop at red lights nor stop signs at night in Brazil for fear of getting carjacked. They're sure as hell not going to stop for the police at a DUI checkpoint.

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