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Twitter's legal 'free speech champion' steps down from role

General counsel at Twitter, Alexander Macgillivray, has announced he is stepping down from his position at the social network.Macgillivray has become well known for his commitment to free speech and led the legal team that fought a court order demanding information about an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets.In a blog post, Macgillivray said: “I am proud to have worked with colleagues who defend and respect the user’s voice; who push freedom of expression and transparency; and who innovate and lead.“I’m looking forward to engaging my various internet passions from new and different perspectives, seeing friends and family without distraction, and just goofing off a bit. We should all do more of that.”Macgillivray added that he continued to “care deeply” about Twitter and would continue supporting the company as an adviser.Replacing Macgillivray is Vijaya Gadde, who has been managing Twitter’s corporate and international legal work.

Announcement: Alexander Macgillivray is leaving his role