| China, Internet, Iran, Syria
At the launch of Google+, Google's attempt to create an integrated social
network similar to Facebook, I wrote about the
potential benefits and risks of the new service to journalists who use
social media in dangerous circumstances.
Despite early promises of relatively flexible terms of service at Google+,
the early days of implementation were full of arbitrary account suspensions - particularly
of pseudonymous users - and the appeals process was unclear. The result was a
lot of early
bad press for the service from the traditional "first adopter"
crowd, a framing it has subsequently struggled to escape.