Twitter’s head lawyer and free speech champion is leaving


Alexander Macgillivray is stepping down as Twitter’s general counsel, a post where he not only guided the company’s legal strategy but also gave it a reputation as a vigorous advocate for free speech.

Macgillivray, the Canadian former-Googler known to everyone as Amac, disclosed the news in a tweet Friday:

In a blog post, Macgillivray proudly described the work he did at the company. He did not provide specific reasons for moving on, only stating he looked forward to pursuing “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.”

According to AllThingsD, sources at the company speculate that Macgillivray’s stock options have vested after…

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