For Twitter, Free Speech is a High-Wire Act

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By: Shira Ovide | Wall Street Journal

Twitter Inc.’s growing ambitions are making it harder to carry the Internet’s free-speech banner.

Chief Executive Dick Costolo promotes Twitter as a protector of more than 200 million people who broadcast their lives, be it love for a new pop song or Tahrir Square protests. But increasingly, freewheeling tweets are clashing with divergent global laws and standards in markets where Twitter is spreading its wing.

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