Can Twitter Go Public and Still Be a Champion of Free Speech?
Foreign Policy - over 4 years
With Twitter set to make its debut on American stock exchanges,
a critical question looms: Can toppling dictators also be good business?
Over the course of its seven-year history, Twitter has gone from
scrappy, disorganized start-up to a heavyweight of the social media revolution.
In the process, it's become much more than a business. From Tahrir Square to
Gezi Park, Twitter has made itself indispensible to activists everywhere,
providing a tool to decry abuse, organize protests, and help overthrow bad leaders.
"Now we have a menace that is called Twitter," Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared
in June amid widespread
protests against his government. "The best example of lies
can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society."
Soon, that menace to society will be the hottest technology IPO
since Facebook's 2012 offering. But with a publicly traded stock, Twitter may
find itself in something of an existential crisis. In establishing itself ...
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