Twitters Affects on Censorship

Chapter Four: Social Media’s affects on censorship and freedom of speech.
The Libya Social Media SOS
An example of social media and its impact on the contemporary society is the Libyans citizens’ use of Twitter as a news forum to get information out to the rest of the world. In Libya there has been a foreign media blackout imposed by the government, which at the point of writing this had come to the point of complete internet and cell phone signal shutdown.   The Libyan situation sparked from the Egyptian stand-ins/ protests to change the government. The people of Lydia took that as an example and began to imitate the Egyptian protests, but rather than being met by peace the Libyan community had been massacred because of their government’s orders.  
During the beginning of the protests the pro-democracy demonstrators took to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook spreading information to the outside world of massive crackdowns and murders in the streets of Libya.
Our world is constantly changing, and as it changes it become more interconnected, more globalised and in a lot of ways more westernized.   Due to Social Media in a time of great need Libyan people were able to communicate with the world.
Using the Libyan Social Media SOS as an example for the future could show us what could happen in times of emergency not only political protests but natural disasters. There has been a campaign currently run that will send a message to landlines, mobile phones and email addresses to provide information on what is happening during natural disasters and emergencies in Australia.   The Social Media SOS has also showed us that even with Media Blackouts and governments keeping information being quiet individuals are able to communicate and speak (somewhat) freely without the interference of governments.