Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo spoke at the Brooking Institution in Washington D.C. today.
A video recording of the event titled, “The ‘Town Square’ in the Social Media Era: A Conversation with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo”can be viewed here. It runs 23 minutes.
There is also a text summary of the conversation here.
Here are two passages from the summary:
- When asked about Twitter’s response to the recently revealed National Security Agency’s data-mining programs, Costolo said that his company complies when it receives valid legal requests for information about Twitter users in the countries in which Twitter operates. However, he added that when Twitter receives “requests…more broad in scope… that don’t meet our principle of being a specific, valid legal request,” the company pushes back.
- In response to an audience member who questioned whether Instagram videos will undermine the significance of Vine, Costolo said he believes in “goals, not competitors.” Twitter focuses on advancing its own vision, not reacting to the competition.