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Can Twitter Hold Out as Defender of Free Speech?

Twitter's chief lawyer, Alexander Macgillivray, believes that defending free speech is smart business. The company has been tenacious in its efforts to keep governments' prying eyes away from its users' content, and is still resisting a Manhattan court order to turn over the account activity of an Occupy protestor. "We value the reputation we have for defending and respecting the users' voice," says Macgillivray. But Twitter may soon face pressures, both financial and regulatory, that render such customer-facing idealism inoperable. Industry observers wonder how the company will navigate corporate responsibility in an Internet era.   More