About two months ago, we enabled Herdict users to report on individual Web pages, rather than just top-level sites (e.g., “twitter.com/nawaat” vs. “twitter.com”). Since then, we’ve noticed a trickling of reports on individual inaccessible Twitter pages, in China, Bahrain and Tunisia.
The latest spate of inaccessible reports have been confirmed by the owners of some of the Twitter accounts, who say that their Twitter pages are no longer accessible in their own countries:
Although twitter.com/freebahrain has since been reported accessible (by the user) in Bahrain, one thing is clear: the governments of Tunisia and Bahrain have now demonstrated capability to block individual Twitter pages, thus silencing certain voices while still keeping a major communication platform open. Only time will tell if this is to become a trend globally.