Twitter Is Going to Washington


After a year of standing up to Instagram and figuring out how to make some money, it seems Twitter is ready to take on the capital. The Washington Post reports that the seven-year-old company joined fellow tech firms Microsoft, Facebook, and Google in becoming an “official member of Washington’s influence economy” on Friday by creating what it cleverly named Twitter#PAC. They even brought on Nu Wexler (previously of Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office) as their D.C.-based spokesman on policy and political issues “to help campaign for its policy objectives in Washington.” Previous policy manager William Carty will become a registered lobbyist and continue to work from Twitter’s D.C. office. Company spokesman Jim Prosser said the digital town hall expects “to continue to play an active role in speaking up on issues related to Internet freedom, government access to user data, patent reform and freedom of expression,” though that probably doesn’t mean that we’ll get to hear much more about what the NSA is up to.