Escape from PRISM: how Twitter defies government data-sharing


When the list of prominent internet companies participating in a semi-secret government surveillance program called PRISM leaked, most of the world’s massive tech firms were not on it. But one company received particular attention for its absence: Twitter, which was approached by the National Security Agency but never joined the program. “Twitter deserves kudos for refusing to give in,” wrote Techdirt.

Unlike Google or Facebook, which were both on the list, Twitter doesn’t have a lot of private data on its 200 million users. In fact, Twitter is much younger and smaller than the nine giants participating in PRISM; if it had been included, it would have stuck out. It’s much more surprising that larger companies such as Amazon and…

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