Brazil Is Suing Twitter for Tweeting DUI Checkpoints

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Twitter has caught some flack in other countries for giving accounts free reign on what they can tweet. Twitter responded that it'll adjust its policy to include the ability to censor tweets if a country demands it to. We just might see Twitter's first high profile case sooner than later because Brazil just sued Twitter for allowing accounts to tweet where DUI checkpoints are.


The ramifications, to us US citizens, are selfishly small but could mark as the tipping point when other countries start to take control of Twitter in their countries. The accounts in question (namely LeiSecaRJ) use Twitter to publicly share the locations of radar and DUI checkpoints so people following the account (near 300,000 twitterers) can avoid such stops. Brazil is predictably unhappy with such accounts because of their use in avoiding the police (and possibly promoting driving while drinking) and has sued Twitter and the accounts for a $290,000/daily fine.

Twitter hasn't yet responded to the lawsuit but this dispute with Brazil might very well be the first domino to fall in Twitter's new censorship policy. [O Globo via The Next Web]



Speed cameras are supposed to be a deterrent. They work best if people know where they are. The aim is to stop people speeding, not just to catch the ones who do.

As for DUI checkpoints, are they always in fixed positions? Presumably so, if they're able to note their locations. Wouldn't it be better to maybe, I dunno, just keep moving them so people don't know where they are in advance? Again, if you increase to odds of catching people, then you increase their value as deterrent.