The Tweets Must Flow: Twitter Alludes to WikiLeaks and #Egypt in Call for Freedom of Expression

Probably sick of countless press emails asking for an official stance on the countless controversial hyper-mediated events like WikiLeaks and the Tunisan and Egyptian uprisings now being amplified through Twitter, co-founder Biz Stone and Twitter General Council Alexander Macgillivray have co-written the polemic "The Tweets Must Flow" essentially arguing that freedom of expression is a […]

Probably sick of countless press emails asking for an official stance on the countless controversial hyper-mediated events like WikiLeaks and the Tunisan and Egyptian uprisings now being amplified through Twitter, co-founder Biz Stone and Twitter General Council Alexander Macgillivray have co-written the polemic "The Tweets Must Flow" essentially arguing that freedom of expression is a human right.

Here're the key takeways:

  • On a practical level, we simply cann't review all one hundred million-plus Tweets created and subsequently delivered every day
  • There're Tweets that we do remove, such as illegal Tweets and spam.[…]we strive not to remove Tweets on the basis of their content
  • We keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content
  • We submit all copyright removal notices to @chillingeffects and they're now Tweeting them from @ChillFirehose. We'll continue to increase our transparency
  • While we may need to release information as required by law, we try to notify Twitter users before handing over their information whenever we can so they've a fair chance to fight the request if they so choose
  • We're hiring.

[tags]social media,social network,social networking,tweets,freedom[/tags]

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