Twitter’s delay decision ‘not made with State Dept’


Twitter said that a decision to delay scheduled maintenance of the micro-blogging service was made with its network provider and not the State Department, which had requested the move.

“When we worked with our network provider yesterday to reschedule this planned maintenance, we did so because events in Iran were tied directly to the growing significance of Twitter as an important communication and information network,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a blog post.

“Although presumed impossible if not extremely difficult, we decided together to move the date. It made sense for Twitter and for NTT America to keep services active during this highly visible global event,” he said.

A senior US official in Washington said Tuesday that the State Department had asked Twitter to delay the maintenance, which would have occurred during daylight hours in Iran.

Stone said “it’s humbling to think that our two-year old company could be playing such a globally meaningful role that State (Department) officials find their way toward highlighting our significance.

“However, it’s important to note that the State Department does not have access to our decision making process,” he said. “Nevertheless, we can both agree that the open exchange of information is a positive force in the world.”

Stone also said the maintenance, which lasted for about an hour starting around 5:00 pm (2100 GMT), was a success and Twitter’s network capacity had been “significantly increased.”

Supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and defeated challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi staged rival rallies on Tuesday as Iran grappled with its worst crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

With telephone, texting and Internet services disrupted, protestors have been turning to Twitter and other social networks such as Facebook to organize and spread the word about the dramatic events.

AFP.com

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