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Twitter No Longer ‘Disappearing’ Infringing Tweets

November 5, 2012
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Source: Wired

In an effort to be more transparent about disappearing tweets, Twitter has started adding a note to inform followers when it removes infringing links at the request of a copyright holder.

Twitter is obligated under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to remove infringing links at the copyright holder’s request, to avoid legal liability. Failing to do so could make Twitter legally liable for infringing works posted on its site.

But until now, tweets with infringing links had simply disappeared into the ether, leaving users to question what had occurred with them.

Now, when a tweet is removed, the micro-blogging site leaves a message in the tweeter’s stream, saying that the tweet “has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” Twitter also leaves a link to its copyright policy.

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