Twitter Sues U.S. Government Over Surveillance Censure

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Leave it to Washington to have a bead on what Silicon Valley is up to. These days, it’s a lawsuit. As the Washington Post reports, Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government.

Their reasoning?

Apparently the fat cats in Washington don’t want Twitter to disclose data about security requests for information. Basically, peeps like the CIA want information on Twitter users (more likely terrorist Twitter users — nobody gives a damn about what your cat had for lunch) but they don’t want it publicly disclosed that they are requesting private data. Probably because it will make terrorists less inclined to share valuable information on the microblogging site.

Ahhh, Washington.

Ahhh, Washington.

But national security or not, Twitter is pointing out that the attempts to censure their ability to disclose that information is a violation of their First Amendment rights. So now it’s go for lawsuit.

“It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance — including what types of legal process have not been received,” said Ben Lee, a Twitter vice president, to the Washington Post. “We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges.”

Twitter declined to participate in a settlement earlier this year involving five other social media platforms, apparently choosing to send a strong message about who wears the pants round these parts.

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