Japan adds Twitter to the list of internet services banned in elections

Last year I blogged about the unusual attitude towards the internet in Japan:

It’s been a democracy for over 50 years.

60% of its population has access to high speed broadband.

More blogs are written in its native language than in any other language.

And the country is … Japan, where: “Once an official campaign has started, candidates are barred from updating their home pages, launching or amending blogs—podcasts are allowed because the law applies only to text or images—posting political statements or sending text messages to mobile phones. Additional regulations prohibit donors from using credit cards online to support candidates, effectively preventing online fundraising.”

It is then at least in keeping with Japanese electoral traditional for Twitter to now be banned too:

Japan’s cabinet has placed a ban on candidates using Twitter for the country’s upcoming House of Representatives election campaign.

Citing the Public Offices Election Law, the government has deemed Twitter content to fall under the “literature and images” clause within the law. (The Blog Herald. Hat-tip: er… Twitter.)

Last year there were some signs in local elections of the public being willing to go around this law, with YouTube being used to cover political speeches and Wikipedia being updated during election campaigns. Although the police sent out warnings, no arrests were made. So perhaps the Twitter ban in practice will simply further encourage people to ignore the law.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in Online politics.
Advert

One Comment

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarStevan Rose 26th Sep - 11:09pm
    My apologies Katharine. If you read my posts you will know that I was making a comparison between the rotten boroughs that existed pre-1832 and...
  • User AvatarRebecca Hanson 26th Sep - 10:21pm
    It's worth also watching Tim's speech at 28 minutes :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIhazFpBp0Y
  • User AvatarRebecca Hanson 26th Sep - 10:19pm
    The webinar on the report is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEws-0YGj8M
  • User AvatarTim Hill 26th Sep - 10:01pm
    TonyH - I joined the SDP when it was formed in 1981. I am proud to be a member of the Liberal Democrats and proud...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 26th Sep - 9:46pm
    Stevan, it's a minor point, but I always spell your name with an 'a' correctly and you continue to spell mine with an 'e' in...
  • User AvatarRoland 26th Sep - 9:33pm
    Perhaps I'm looking at it wrong, but from a quick scan through the recent OECD "Education at a Glance" report 2016 (available here: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/education-at-a-glance_19991487 )...