While President Obama and major tech firms deal with the fallout from the government’s secret surveillance of people’s phone records and Internet activities, one company has apparently come out of the controversy with a better reputation -- Twitter.

"Twitter, which has cultivated a reputation for aggressive defense of its users’ privacy, is still conspicuous by its absence from the list of 'private sector partners,'" Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras wrote in The Washington Post.