Twitter vs Trump: Twitted asking the courts to back their decision to deny giving the identities of users claiming dissenting federal employees, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump US government.
This lawsuit revealed that the US Customs and Border Protection and Department of Homeland Security have gone to pursuit the unmasking of @ALT_USCIS account holder who’ve been critical of Trump’s administration.
US government and Social media have always been in against each other when it comes to efforts to crack down on government leak, this lawsuit can be one more such incident.
Twitter vs Trump: The account in question is purportedly run by one or more current employees of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a unit within Homeland Security.
It is one of several “alternative” handles apparently created by government workers after Trump’s inauguration in January that has sometimes revealed data the new administration sought to suppress or remove from official websites.
The case was filed in California court, and says “The rights of free speech afforded Twitter’s users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the US Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech,“. Further, it says may not compel Twitter to disclose information regarding the real identities of these users without first demonstrating that some criminal or civil offense has been committed,”
The resistance from the social media started with the decision of deletion of tweets and data from the US official account and website. These were embarrassing for the new president and included the government reports on climate change.
The resistance became a movement when few took to Twitter with different handles to show their freedom of speech.
Twitter said it received a summons on March 14 to produce the name or names of the account holder, saying the document asked the company “not to disclose the existence of this summons for an indefinite period of time.”
The company said it contacted the agent who delivered the summons, who “stated vaguely that he is conducting an investigation” but “did not identify any law or laws that he believed had been broken.”
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