In its blog, Twitter said it could reactively withhold content to users in a specific country. However, it said that the removed content would be available to the rest of the world. Formerly, when twitter deleted a tweet, it would vanish worldwide.
The move comes at a time when the company is in the process of escalating its global business.
In its blog post, Twitter described that its international growth meant entering countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression, citing France or Germany, which banned pro-Nazi content as examples.
The company said in a blog “Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content to users in a specific country – while keeping it available in the rest of the world.”
It added that “We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld.”
However, the micro-blogging service, which has over 100 million active users, has also had to balance local laws with free speech in the process.
Twitter is blocked in China, where microblogging alternatives known as weibo have surged in popularity in the past year.