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WikiLeaks threatens Twitter over 'cyber feudalism'

22 Jul 2016 | By Sneha Johny

WikiLeaks threatened the social media giant Twitter over an alleged issue of creating 'cyber feudalism'.

The organisation stated that the recent ban of news editor Milo Yiannopoulos from Twitter permanently, signals that Twitter is barring people from expressing their thoughts.

WikiLeaks vowed to concoct a rival micro-blogging service to Twitter's, if the platform continues to exercise negative control over its users.

In context: WikiLeaks threatens to launch rival service to Twitter

AboutWikiLeaks

WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in late 2006 by Julian Assange, an Australian citizen.

The organisation was launched in Iceland, and created a database that included massive amounts of classified Government data, and related documents.

WikiLeaks was infamous for its controversial news leaks surrounding US diplomatic documents, which later spurred the US Government's retaliation forcing Assange to seek diplomatic refuge in Russia.

AboutTwitter

Twitter started out as an idea to help people send short messages to each other over a platform, soon garnering public interest with over 310 million active users using its services at present.

Twitter, currently headed by Jack Dorsey, was launched in July 2006 and started trading publicly in 2013.

It has witnessed massive growth with its latest figures indicating over 800 million visitors.

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