The National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program kept tabs on data from major social media players, though Twitter appears to have made the government take a tougher path to access user data. Where other major tech firms built automated systems to allow the NSA direct access to their data, Twitter handed over user information only following specific individual requests, making it more time-consuming for intelligence officials to trawl through its data. "Twitter ... clearly sees itself as having a responsibility to protect user's information. Hopefully other companies will be inspired to follow suit," Ronan Steyn writes.

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