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While protests rage on in Egypt, Twitter called out for free expression and transparency in a manifesto published on its blog.

Co-written by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and the company’s General Council Alexander Macgillivray, the post casts Twitter as a trustworthy messenger, relaying information between hundreds of millions of users, and only refusing to do so if such messages are illegal or spam.

With more than 100 million separate messages transmitted each day, the company says it would be impossible to monitor each and every one. In addition, Twitter vows to refrain from revealing private information about its users, and when it is required to do so by law, it will attempt to notify those users before handing over their information to the authorities.

As longtime dictators and despots blame Twitter as an instigator of their dwindling power, Twitter reminds us that it’s only a mirror on such troubled societies, “providing the tools that foster these discussions.” However, that mirror is turned into an enormous global amplifier in situations such as those in Egypt now and Tunisia earlier this month.

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