Twitter's chief lawyer, Alexander Macgillivray, talked to The New York Times about what he calls the "church-state divide" between the platform's business interests and policing users' content. Macgillivray has fought many a legal battle to protect the speech of Twitter users, and is currently fighting a court order to turn over the tweets of an Occupy protester. However, the platform doesn't have a perfect track record.
In late July, Twitter users Guy Adams' account was suspended after a Twitter employee monitored his account and encouraged its content partner NBC to file a complaint. His account was restored shortly thereafter and Macgillivray publicly apologized, saying "We should and cannot be in the business of proactively monitoring and flagging content, no matter who the user is." As Twitter's already enormous user base continues to grow (especially outside the US), the company will need to weigh business interests and government relationships against against its commitment to users' rights. To read more on the rising conflict, check out the full article at the source link below.