State Dept. Reportedly Asked Twitter Not to do Maintenance During Iranian Uprising
3:00 PM, Jun 16, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Well, if that ain't the cheapest, most effective government intervention I've seen all year:
The #nomaintenance campaign among Twitter's own users likely had something to do with the postponement, as well, especially given than Twitter users, in aggregate, likely pinpointed the problem and communicated it to Twitter's higher-ups much faster and more effectively than the State Department could have.
Nonetheless, a Daily Kos diarist frets that this means Twitter is under the control of the U.S. government, presumably while on a break from castigating tea-party attendees for objecting to prolonged and invasive government control of the banking industry, auto industry, and corporate pay. You know, because a one-time request of a social network to postpone routine maintenance so that it could remain the only means of international communication for oppressed dissidents under the thumb of a violent and paranoid regime is way scarier than all that other stuff. Crazy tea-partiers.
Stay tuned for his next post about the dangers of ABC being controlled by the government.