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June 10th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

Twitter executive reacts to secret PRISM program

CNN "The Lead's" Jake Tapper moderated a panel Monday on digital innovation in media and entertainment hosted by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association in Washington, D.C.

Twitter's chief operating officer Ali Rowghani was on hand for the discussion, and responded to reports of the company's lack of cooperation with the National Security Agency's internet surveillance program.

When asked about Twitter's refusal to participate in the PRISM surveillance program, Rowghani gave a measured response.

"I can’t really comment on any details of the matter, and we’re all at Twitter, you know, sort of very interested on how the story plays out,"  Rowghani said.

"One of the core values we have at the company is to defend and reflect the user’s voice, and we believe that tweets belong to the users that create them, and we have always tried to find the right balance between abiding by the law in any jurisdiction, and doing what’s right by our users," Rowghani said.

"But as far as the specifics of PRISM, or the issues with the NSA, I can’t really comment specifically," he said.

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