(Facebook was listed as one of the nine companies in the program, although it issued a statement denying the report.
It's the latest in a number of incidents in which Twitter has refused to cooperate and breach the privacy of its users. It is, of course, possible that Twitter simply wasn't asked to participate in the program. However, the company has steadfastly fought against past government subpoenas that other firms, such as Microsoft and Google, have routinely complied with.
Recently, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) gave Twitter six out of six stars for protecting its users' data from government surveillance. The only other company similarly lauded was Sonic.net. Apple, for example, received only one star, and Amazon.com two. Google received five stars.
The six "star categories" in the EFF report are:
- Requires a warrant for content
- Tells users about government data requests
- Publishes transparency reports
- Publishes law enforcement guidelines
- Fights for users' privacy rights in courts
- Fights for users’ privacy rights in Congress
The last of the nine companies to agree to PRISM was reportedly Apple.